Arrhythmias can be hard to diagnose, especially the types that only cause symptoms every once in a while. Doctors diagnose arrhythmias based on medical and family histories, a physical exam, and the results from tests and procedures.
To diagnose an arrhythmia, your doctor may ask you to describe your symptoms. They may ask whether you feel fluttering in your chest and whether you feel dizzy or light-headed.
Your doctor also may ask whether you have other health problems, such as a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid problems. They may ask about your family's medical history, including whether anyone in your family:
Your doctor will likely want to know what medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements.
Your doctor may ask about your health habits, such as physical activity, smoking, or using alcohol or drugs (for example, cocaine). They also may want to know whether you've had emotional stress or anger.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The specialists on our medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor are highly skilled in the use of innovative techniques to help diagnose arrhythmias. Tests may include:
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Scott & White Health.