Heart Rhythm Problems: Diary of Symptoms
If your doctor thinks you might have a heart rhythm problem, he or she may ask you to keep a diary of symptoms. This information can help your doctor find out what type of rhythm problem you have.
And if you have a rhythm problem, a symptom diary can help you keep track of your condition. You can then discuss your symptoms with your doctor at your next appointment.
In your diary, include the following:
- How fast or slow was your heart beating? Be aware that if your heart is beating very fast, you may not be able to accurately determine your heart rate.
- Was your heart rhythm regular or irregular?
- What symptoms did you have?
- What time of day did your symptoms occur?
- How long did your symptoms last?
- What were you doing when your symptoms started (such as drinking alcohol or smoking)?
- What may have helped your symptoms go away?
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology