Screening for Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation also known as irregular heartbeat, is a condition that can cause a stroke. A stroke results from the disruption of adequate blood flow to the brain. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) and can cause a clot that travels to the brain where it results in stroke.
Watch our video now to see how we perform the atrial fibrillation screening so you know exactly what to expect.
What you can learn
We screen for atrial fibrillation using EKG electrodes. This EKG is a screening to identify the presence or absence of an atrial fibrillation at the time of the screening.
The screening is painless and simple. You will be asked to roll up your sleeves and roll down your socks. You will lie on an exam table while a technologist applies electrodes above your wrists and ankles.
Who should have atrial fibrillation screening?
Anybody who has risk factors for stroke, atrial fibrillation, or carotid artery disease should have this screening.
How often to get screened
This is a personal decision based on your risk factors and previous screening results. Many of our customers choose to have annual screenings as part of their regular healthcare regimen. Remember that getting screened for atrial fibrillation plus carotid artery disease provides you with a more complete assessment of your stroke risk.
How to prepare
When you go to have an atrial fibrillation screening, remember:
- Wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short-sleeved.
- Do not wear a turtleneck.