Once your doctor orders and obtains an EKG that confirms that you have atrial fibrillation, some other tests that he would want to do in order to help with prognosis and determine how far along you are with your atrial fibrillation is to do an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram, or what we call an ultrasound of the heart, shows the structures of the heart in a lot of detail. The important thing about looking, doing an echocardiogram is to look to see if you have any clots that could potentially cause a stroke. Other tests that can also be done includes having you wear an event monitor, which monitors your heart rhythm for 24 to 48 hours, and that's basically done to see how often you have atrial fibrillation and how fast your heart rates are when you're going into atrial fibrillation, because that really helps in terms of management strategies.
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