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If you exhibit mild symptoms of atrial fibrillation, contact your WellStar physician for an examination. However, if you experience chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes, difficulty in breathing, or fainting, go immediately to the emergency room.
Atrial fibrillation will be newly diagnosed in 2.66 million Americans this year. About 12 million people will have the condition by 2050.
*Source: American Heart Association

Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis

If screening tests or check-ups reveal abnormal results, your WellStar Cardiac Network Physician may perform further evaluations to focus on atrial fibrillation.


  • Electrocardiogram: An ECG (or EKG) records the electrical activity of your heart to reveal if there are rhythmic issues or heart injury.
  • Echocardiogram: This test uses sound waves to produce images of the heart that can show structural heart disease.
  • Holter monitor: This portable electrocardiogram monitor is worn for 24 hours and tracks your heart rhythm during a day of your regular activities. This is often necessary in cases where atrial fibrillation starts and stops.
  • Event recorder: This monitor is worn for a longer period, sometimes as long as one month, to detect heart rhythm disturbances that occur at unpredictable times.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram: This test may reveal if blood clots are present in the top chambers of the heart.