Arrhythmia | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the likely cause of my arrhythmia?
  • What kind of arrhythmia do I have? Is it life threatening?
  • What’s the best treatment option for my type of arrhythmia? Medicine? Surgery?
  • Will I need a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?
  • How do I know if my condition is getting worse? What should I do if it gets worse?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make to reduce my risk of complications?
  • How will my life change now that I know I have an arrhythmia? Do I need to avoid any activities?


Acute Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Part II. Prevention of Thromboembolic Complications by DE King, MD; LM Dickerson, PharmD; JL Sack, MD (American Family Physician July 15, 2002,

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00