Medical History and Physical Exam for a Fast Heart Rate
A medical history and physical exam are routinely used to evaluate an illness or disease. A medical history and physical exam can often reveal as much or more than many diagnostic lab tests because they help uncover important clues about your illness. The medical history and physical exam will often direct further testing.
The doctor may ask questions similar to the following:
During a physical exam, the doctor will:
Why It Is Done
A medical history and physical exam are important ways to evaluate any heart problem.
Normal findings include the following:
Abnormal findings that may suggest a problem from a fast heart rate include:
If physical findings and your medical history strongly suggest a very irregular heartbeat, further testing will be done.
What To Think About
It is important to provide your doctor with detailed information about your symptoms, past medical history, and lifestyle.
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