What is the role of a pulmonary exam for atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The pulmonary examination may reveal evidence of heart failure (eg, rales, pleural effusion). Wheezes or diminished breath sounds are suggestive of underlying pulmonary disease (eg, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], asthma).


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