Atrial Fibrillation (cont.)
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What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AFib)?
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Symptoms of atrial fibrillation vary from person to person.
There are a few patients that have potentially life-threatening AFib symptoms that need immediate attention and intervention with electric cardioversion. The symptoms and signs are as follows:
When to seek medical care for atrial fibrillation (AFib)
Individuals should call for treatment within 24 hours if they have atrial fibrillation that comes and goes, have previously been evaluated and treated, and are not experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or fainting.
Patients should call their doctor or cardiologist if they have persistent atrial fibrillation while on medical therapy for the condition if symptoms worsen or new symptoms such as fatigue or mild shortness of breath occur.
Patients should call their doctor or pharmacist if they have questions about medications and dosages.
Call 9-1-1 for emergency medical services when atrial fibrillation occurs with any of the following:
Not all heart palpitations are atrial fibrillation, but a continuing feeling of heart fluttering in the chest together with a fast or slow pulse should be evaluated by a doctor or at a hospital emergency department. For example, the patient could be having atrial flutter (rapid, regular electrical impulses of about 250-300 impulses per minute from the atrial tissue causing a rapid ventricular response [rvr] or rapid heartbeat) or a sinus tachycardia.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/25/2016
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