What elements should be included in the physical exam for atrial flutter (AFL)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Other elements of the physical examination are as follows:

  • Palpate the neck and thyroid gland for goiter
  • Evaluate the neck for jugular venous distention
  • Auscultate the lungs for rales or crackles
  • Auscultate the heart for extra heart sounds and murmurs
  • Palpate the point of maximum impulse on the chest wall
  • Assess the lower extremities for edema or impaired perfusion

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