Approach

Patients with chronic AF may present with typical symptoms (e.g., palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, dizziness), complications of AF (e.g., stroke), or associated conditions (e.g., features of thyroid disease), or they may be asymptomatic. An ECG usually confirms the diagnosis. Further investigations include baseline laboratory blood tests and echocardiogram.

BMJ Best Practice is an evidence-based point of care tool for healthcare practitioners.

To continue reading and access all of BMJ Best Practice's pages you'll need to log in or start a free trial.

You can access through your institution if your hospital, university, trust or other institution provides access to BMJ Best Practice through either OpenAthens or Shibboleth.

Use of this content is subject to our disclaimer