When You Visit Your Doctor - Heart Block

Heart Block

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Have you been dizzy or lightheaded?
  • Have you fainted?
  • Have you been fatigued?
  • Have you had chest pain?
    • Do you get it with exertion or at rest?
    • How frequently do you get it?
    • How long does it last?
    • What brings it on?
    • What relieves it?
  • Is this a change from your usual pattern?
  • Do you get short of breath when you lie down or exert yourself?
  • Do you awaken in the middle of the night short of breath?
  • Do your ankles swell?
  • Do you get rapid or pounding heartbeats for no reason?
  • What medications are you taking (including over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, and vitamins)?
  • Do you have any other medical problems?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Heart rate, blood pressure, and weight
  • Pulses in the wrist and feet
  • Veins in the neck
  • Heart and lungs
  • Ankles and legs (for swelling)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Electrocardiogram
  • Echocardiogram
  • Holter monitor
  • Electrophysiologic testing

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