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Working positively with your doctor

Pretending atrial fibrillation (AF) doesn’t exist is not an option. Facing up to AF by taking a positive and proactive role in managing your health will make you feel less of a victim of a medical condition, and more of a person who is prepared to stand up for their own health and wellbeing. The first step to giving yourself the best chance of keeping healthy is by working in partnership with your doctor, and by following your doctor’s advice.

Senior couple talking to their doctor

As well as prescribing the best treatment for your AF, your doctor will be able to help with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your condition and any implications it will have to your lifestyle. It’s likely that a doctor will be the first person to diagnose and then treat your AF. You may then be referred to a specialist heart doctor, or cardiologist.

Cardiologist referral

A cardiologist who specialises in heart rhythm disorders are usually called an electrophysiologist (EP). These doctors may offer surgical treatments and some will perform large numbers of ablation procedures for AF. An experienced electrophysiologist who has a specialist interest in AF ablation will usually perform over 50 procedures of this type per year.1

If after your medical appointment you still have questions or concerns about your AF, there are steps you can follow to ensure that these are addressed .

Use our personalised doctor discussion aid to ensure you are asking the right questions next time you visit your doctor or cardiologist.

1. Atrial fibrillation patient information. Atrial Fibrillation Society. March 2010.