Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

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Last Updated: 04 May 2022

Some people with atrial fibrillation, specifically older people, do not have any symptoms. The most obvious symptom of atrial fibrillation is heart palpitations, where the heart feels like it's battering, trembling or beating irregularly, typically for a few seconds or perhaps a few mins. Other symptoms you may experience if you have atrial fibrillation include: fatigue and being less able to work out; breathlessness; feeling faint or lightheaded; breast pain. Call or see a general practitioner 111 if: you have breast pain that goes and comes; you have chest pain that vanishes promptly but you're still worried; you notice an abrupt change in your heart beat; your heart rate is consistently less than 60 or above 100. You have abrupt chest pain that: infect your arms, back, neck or jaw; makes your upper body really feel hefty or tight; begun with shortness of breath, sweating and feeling or being sick; lasts more than 15 minutes.

You might or might not notice atrial fibrillation. You might only see atrial fibrillation symptoms occasionally if you do have symptoms. You might start to see more symptoms if your heart disease is getting even worse. The most common symptom of atrial fibrillation is tiredness, or severe tiredness. Other symptoms include: Low blood pressure; Difficulty breathing, particularly when lying down; Chest pain; Dizziness or fainting; Heart palpitations, or the feeling that your heart is missing a beat, trembling, battering, or beating too difficult or too fast.

Atrial fibrillation can lead to a variety of troubles, including: wooziness; feeling pale; shortness of breath; fast and irregular heartbeat; feeling very weary. Some people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms and are totally unaware that their heart rate is irregular. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance and affects as much as 800,000 people in the UK. Atrial fibrillation is more probable to occur in people with other conditions, such as: high blood pressure; diabetic issues; coronary cardiovascular disease. Atrial fibrillation is typically not life threatening, lots of people live normal healthy lives with this problem, but it can be awkward and often requires therapy. This condition increases your risk by about four to 5 times of having a transient ischaemic attack or stroke. This is due to the fact that when the atria in the heart do not contract appropriately there is a risk of embolism development. An embolism missing to the arteries providing the brain might cause a stroke.

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