Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Diagnosis of Arrhythmia

How is Arrhythmia Diagnosed?

The heart’s electrical system is complex, so diagnosing problems such as arrhythmia requires special equipment and skilled medical professionals.

A diagnosis begins with a thorough examination by your doctor and a look into your medical history and family’s medical history. Your doctor may call for certain tests, including:

  • Echocardiogram: an ultrasound exam that uses sound waves to evaluate the size, pumping strength, and valves of the heart
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): a recording on graph paper of the electrical impulses generated by the heart
  • Exercise stress test: a test used to assess the effect of stress on the heart brought on by exercise
  • Holter monitoring: an exam that helps determine how the heart responds to normal activities and heart medications
  • Event monitoring: measurements of a small, portable recording device that captures fleeting episodes of abnormal heart rhythm for up to a month
  • Nuclear medicine test: a test that uses low-dose radiation to create images that show blood flow to the heart
  • Electrophysiology study: a test to determine the characteristics, or specific features, of abnormal heart rhythm
 
 [+/−]  Feedback