A doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and do a physical exam to evaluate your symptoms. The information gained from your medical background and physical exam may provide important clues about your symptoms. It also can help a doctor recommend specific tests to help diagnose and treat your condition.
If the doctor thinks you have bradycardia, he or she may ask:
During a physical exam, the doctor or another health professional will:
The medical history and physical exam are needed for a doctor to find out whether you have a slow heart rate. They are also important to help discover whether you have any underlying conditions or complications.
Normal findings include the following:
Abnormal findings that may suggest a problem from a slow heart rate include:
If the physical exam and medical history strongly suggest a very slow or irregular heartbeat, you will have more testing.
It is important to provide your doctor with detailed information about your symptoms, past medical history, and lifestyle. It may help to write down some of the symptoms you have recently had. Your doctor might ask you to keep a diary of symptoms.
Before your visit, write down all of the medicines you are currently taking. Also, write down other details about your medical history. Be sure to include nonprescription medicines, including diet supplements or herbal remedies. Bring the information to your scheduled appointment.
Other Works Consulted
- Vijayaraman P, Ellenbogen KA (2011). Bradyarrhythmias and pacemakers. In V Fuster et al., eds., Hurst's The Heart, 13th ed., pp. 1025–1057. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.
Last Revised: June 2, 2011
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