A medical history and physical exam are
routinely used to evaluate an illness or disease. A medical history and
physical exam can often reveal as much or more than many diagnostic lab tests
because they help uncover important clues about your illness. The medical
history and physical exam will often direct further testing.
doctor may ask questions similar to the following:
During a physical exam, the doctor
A medical history and physical exam
are important ways to evaluate any heart problem.
Normal findings include the following:
Abnormal findings that may suggest a problem from a fast
heart rate include:
If physical findings and your medical history strongly
suggest a very irregular heartbeat, further testing will be done.
It is important to provide your
doctor with detailed information about your symptoms, past medical history, and
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
Other Works ConsultedPage RL, et al. (2015). 2015 ACC/AHA/HRS guideline for the management of adult patients with supraventricular tachycardia: A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. Circulation. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000311. Accessed September 23, 2015.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as ofApril 3, 2017
Current as of:
April 3, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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