Talking About Your Options

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Treatment checklist
Treatment Options Checklist

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Talking About Your Heart Arrhythmia Treatment

Receiving an arrhythmia diagnosis and learning about your treatment options can feel overwhelming. However, talking with your doctor and medical team is extremely important, especially as you learn about your doctor’s recommended treatment. Always take time to prepare for your conversations with your doctor about your heart arrhythmia treatment. 

Before you meet with your doctor:

  • Write down questions to bring with you.
  • Gather your medical records to share.
  • Be ready to take notes to help you remember important points.
  • Consider bringing a friend or family member to your appointment or procedure.

When you meet with your doctor, ask:

  • About the severity of your condition
  • The implications of your symptoms
  • What kind of treatment may be best for you
  • What to expect during treatment

During your discussion, your doctor should give you:

  • A clear explanation of your condition, diagnostic tests and treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of treatments 
  • Referrals to appropriate specialists when necessary

Talking about your treatment options with family, friends and others in your life is also a helpful way to receive the support and care you need, especially as you begin to prepare for treatment, a hospital stay (if necessary), recovery and getting back to a normal, active life.

Learn more

Find some guidance about how to talk with your family and friends in our FAQs.

Find out what receiving treatment for your arrhythmia can involve.