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    How will a chest xray help with diagnosing atrial fibrillation?

    I have been experianceing symptoms of atrial fibrillation and my doctor has sent me for a chest xray, how wil this help with diagnosis?
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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    Won't help with the diagnosis as such but it's an important but simple routine test looking at heart size and lungs mainly.

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    Dr Jason Kaplan

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr. Jason Kaplan is a specialist adult cardiologist and physician. Dr. Kaplan studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999 then completed his … View Profile

    A chest x-ray is probably an under used part of our medical imaging armamentarium. These days with cardiac ultrasound we don’t tend to use chest x-rays all that much. However, a chest x-ray is still fairly useful to get a  idea of someone’s cardiac chamber size and to look for any other tlung abnormalities.

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