Patient Comments: Atrial Fibrillation - Symptoms and Signs

What symptoms and signs did you experience with your atrial fibrillation?

Comment from: Manon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My atrial fibrillation started with a feeling of indigestion, a fullness in my throat and feeling shaky all over. It passed quickly. I felt bad the next day and went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with a virus. A few days later I read the symptoms of heart attack in women, got nervous and went to the emergency room thinking I may have had a silent heart attack. I didn't, they did an EKG, but I had atrial fibrillation. I was admitted and they tried to convert with medication but because I tend to have low blood pressure, it didn't work. After a few days I was transferred to a larger hospital and they did an electrical cardioconversion. It took less than 30 minutes. I went home the next morning. So far I have not had it happen again. I take metoprolol and Eliquis.

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Comment from: Stretch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

With atrial fibrillation I had transient ischemic attack (TIA) with global amnesia. Fortunately my husband was with me, and could identify the behavior to my doctor.

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Comment from: joby, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I am a 25 year old male. I've had atrial fibrillation twice. Once 4 years ago after electrocuting myself doing some home wiring and once last month after a night out at the bar. Both times the symptoms were the same. A feeling of almost like your stomach churning only higher in your chest along with numbness and tingling of my extremities and ears. This past time it took 5 cardioversions for my heart to go back in rhythm, during two of which I was conscious. I do not wish this condition on anyone, it is pretty scary.

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Comment from: Russell, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

With my atrial fibrillation, I experience a rapid heartbeat, mostly in the mornings, along with some cheat pain. I can feel something like indigestion during this time. All tests showed no artery problems. However, my doctor wants to start me on Coumadin. I am afraid of it, and I am not sure I will let him start it.

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Comment from: Frances, Female (Patient) Published: February 29

I am 76, tired, and weak with dizziness. I went to doctor who said I have ear infection. I don't have a cold or sinus condition. He gave me prescription and sent me on my way. To tell you the truth I think it might be atrial fibrillation.

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Comment from: cayoude, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 17

My husband went in for a knee replacement back in July. Two days later I was notified that he went into atrial fibrillation. I do not know what caused this as he had all the physicals he needed before hand. Needless to say a two day hospital stay turned into a two week stay with four days in intensive care. He has had two hip replacements with no problem. He is 61 years old.

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Comment from: Mommato4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

A "fluttering" in my chest that I had for years became more and more frequent. Once in a while to most days, to everyday, to most of the day. Then I'd feel pain with the fluttering. Around the same time the frequency increased, I also had a feeling of something heavy on my chest or something tightening around my heart/chest. I tire extremely easily. Felt out of breath, even though I gulped air. 35 year old female, otherwise healthy, active, normal weight, blood pressure, and blood values (including cholesterol).

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