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Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation reduces the heart’s efficiency and performance, which can make you feel generally unwell or experience other symptoms because the oxygen isn’t being properly delivered to all parts of your body.1,2
The symptoms can vary, but most commonly include one or more of the following: palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, general unwellness, dizziness, anxiety and chest pain.3,4,5
Silent Atrial Fibrillation
It’s important to note that for some people AF may go unnoticed, in fact for around 15–30% of people they may experience no symptoms. This is commonly known as ‘silent AF’3,6 and these cases of AF need to be detected through a pulse check or through health screening.
Heart in Atrial Fibrillation
Watch this video to get a better understanding of what it can feel like to experience AF.
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of AF (AFib), download your Symptom Tracker to help you monitor your symptoms and share with your doctor.
Causes of Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation develops as a result of structural changes to the heart. The causes of AF are not always clear and can be complex.7,8,9 Possible causes are wide ranging with heart disease, age, family history, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption, obesity, and other chronic conditions all contributing risk factors to AF.7,10
Check out your Symptom Score
Not everyone with AF will experience symptoms, however the majority of people will notice signs of AF. What symptoms are affecting you, how often are these occurring and how are they impacting on your everyday activities?
Download and complete the “My Symptom Score” questionnaire– it will give you an overall score which indicates how significantly your symptoms are impacting on your health and well-being.
Take a copy to your next doctor’s appointment as this information can help inform decisions around the best treatment options for you.
1.Lip GY, Fauchier L, Freedman SB et al. (2016) Atrial Fibrillation Nat Rev Dis Primers. Mar 31;2:16016. 2. Waktare JEP (2002) Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation ; 106:14–16. 3. Rienstra M, Lubitz SA, Mahida S, Magnani JW, Fontes JD et al. (2012) Symptoms and functional status of patients with atrial fibrillation: state of the art and future research opportunities. 4. Zoni-Berisso M, Filippi A, Landolina M, Brignoli O, D'Ambrosio G et al. (2013) Frequency, patient characteristics, treatment strategies, and resource usage of atrial fibrillation (from the Italian Survey of Atrial Fibrillation Management [ISAF] study). Am J Cardiol 111 (5): 705-711. 5. Lip GY, Laroche C, Ioachim PM, Rasmussen LH, Vitali-Serdoz L et al. (2014) Prognosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation patients by European cardiologists: one year follow-up of the EURObservational Research Programme-Atrial Fibrillation General Registry Pilot Phase (EORP-AF Pilot registry). Eur Heart J 35 (47): 3365-3376. 6. Boriani G, Laroche C, Diemberger I, Fantecchi E, Popescu MI et al. (2015) Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation: clinical correlates, management, and outcomes in the EORP-AF Pilot General Registry. Am J Med 128 (5): 509-518 e502. 7. Kirchhof P, Benussi S, Kotecha D, Ahlsson A, Atar D et al. (2016) 2016 ESC Guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation developed in collaboration with EACTS. Eur Heart J 37 (38): 2893-2962. 8. Cedars-Sinai,https://www.cedars-sinai.org/ ; Naser N 2017)9. Naser N, Dilic M, Durak A, Kulic M, Pepic E et al. (2017) The Impact of Risk Factors and Comorbidities on The Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation. Mater Sociomed 29 (4): 231-236. 10. Lip GY, Fauchier L, Freedman SB et al. (2016) Atrial Fibrillation Nat Rev Dis Primers. Mar 31;2:16016.
Disclaimer: The information featured here is not intended as medical advice, or to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
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