Although we treat all forms of cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation is the commonest and most confusing for patients, so here is some more information:
What are the symptoms and signs and of Atrial Fibrillation (AF)?
Take Note: About 30% of people with AF have no symptoms and it is discovered by chance.
SYMPTOMS OF AF
Most people will experience a combination of the following symptoms:
- Palpitation (a feeling that your heart is racing, going faster than normal or beating irregularly)
- Shortness of breath
- Dizzy spells or fainting
- Chest pain
- Symptoms of stroke (transient or permanent weakness to one side of the body, speech or visual impairment).
SIGNS OF AF
These are the features of AF discovered when a health professional examines you. A rapid and irregular pulse is the commonest sign of AF and is usually the way in which it is discovered in people without any symptoms.