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Atrial Fibrillation

Finding the Cause

atrial fibrillation diagnosticsThe experts at the Geisinger Atrial Fibrillation Center are well-equipped to accurately diagnose Afib.  And because Geisinger treats such a high number of Afib and other arrhythmia conditions, our team is highly experienced at reviewing and correctly interpreting these test results.

Tests performed at Geisinger’s Atrial Fibrillation Center include:

Electrocardiogram (ECG) that records electrical impulses from the heart through electrodes that are attached to the skin on the chest.

Blood tests to assess various clinical conditions that may lead to atrial fibrillation.

Chest X-ray to examine the lungs and heart.

Echocardiogram to detect potential problems by viewing a video of the heart while it is in motion. This test uses sound waves and is similar to an ultrasound used during pregnancy.

Transesophageal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound study that visualizes the heart by means of an ultrasound probe passed into the esophagus. As the heart is anatomically positioned right in front of the esophagus, this imaging is especially useful for detecting of blood clots within the heart chambers.

Holter monitor that is worn under the clothes for 24 to 48 hours to record the electrical activity of the heart during daily activities.

Event recorder may be worn for days to weeks to record rhythm disturbances. This permits detection of arrhythmias of which the patient may be unaware. Additionally, it helps to indicate symptoms and changes in heart rhythm.