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:
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.
It is important to provide your doctor with detailed information about your symptoms, past medical history, and lifestyle.
Other Works Consulted
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Last Revised: August 9, 2012
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