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What Does Atrial Fibrillation Feel Like
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more
Can you tell me what it's like to have atrial fibrillation and how often do you get a bout of it and how long does it stay also how?
Patient specific: There is a lot of variation of symptoms of atrial fibrillation and its pattern. Symptoms: fatigue, loss of "get up and go", shortness of breath with exertion, palpitations, fluttering feeling, lightheaded or dizzy. It can last from seconds or minutes to days and some people are constantly in it (persistent atrial fibrillation). Paroxysmal af can occur daily to yearly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have major depression and atrial fibrillation, are there a lot of other people like this out there? Also im only 37 years old.
Possibly.: Possibly. You can check your pulse during these episodes and see if it is irregular, which may be a clue the shortness of breath is coming from some heart arrhythmia. To make the diagnosis officially, some recording of the heart rhythm needs to be made. This can be via 12-lead ekg, 24-hr holter monitor, or 30-day loop monitor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have atrial fibrillation and not detect it by a BP monitor or taking the pulse? My husband feels weak and lethargic.
Yes: Blood pressure machines can detect an irregular pulse but cannot diagnose atrial fibrillation and they are far from perfect. Same goes for taking your pulse. At times, atrial fibrillation and especially atrial flutter can be fairly regular and not even show up as an irregular rhythm by these methods. He needs an EKG or a heart monitor that shows the rhythm ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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