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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I stood up and felt strange. I went to bathroom and felt like I couldn't breathe and that I was going to faint. I had to fight to hang on. When I got back to office down hall, I couldn't breathe. My heart was racing and beating fast and irregular. My pulse was 110. I went to ER where they ran tests.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

My Atrial Flutter started when I had the flu. I had shortness of breath, light-headedness and felt weak and tired. However, when I recovered from the flu, these symptoms continued. I sometimes get very red and flushed in the face, I feel like my head will explode. I thought I was having "anxiety" attacks but my sister who is a cardiac nurse suspected I had an irregular heart rate. She took me to a cardiologist who performed an EKG in his office and diagnosed me.

Published: February 23

I have atrial flutter, and any activity causes me to be short of breath.

Comment from: Eve, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I started have atrial flutter about three years ago on and off. During these recent months, I have been feeling the more often and I get so scared because I feel like I'm going to die. I am going to have my heart monitored to see what the doctor can do next. I really hope there is a cure for this because this is the scariest thing I have ever felt in my life.

Comment from: Dianne J, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I have atrial fibrillation (ten years) controlled by Sotalol. However I have just had an experience of dizziness and nausea along with the 'flutter', also weakness and tiredness. At times like these it is easy to 'panic' and read perhaps more into it than there is, I hope I'm right in thinking this. On this occasion I have simply abandoned all my plans and rested.

Comment from: Walt, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I went for my yearly physical and all went well until the EKG. They said your atrial flutter is back. They called and I was able to see the doctor that performed my first two ablations. The EKG showed atrial flutter. He put me on coumadin until I could be seen at the hospital the next week. I had absolutely no symptoms, blood pressure was normal and heart rate was 58 to 60 beats per minute. My first ablation was after I discovered my heart was beating at 150 beats per minute. I felt dizzy and out of sorts. My second ablation was after I felt an elevated heart rate of 100 beats per minute and found it with my blood pressure monitor. I got no irregular heart rate with my current condition, still don't on my blood pressure monitor.

Comment from: MRW, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

The first time I had atrial flutter, I woke up in the middle of the night and my heart was racing. I did not experience any chest pain, but I was short of breath. It felt like I had just worked out. I lay in bed for awhile and finally got up and went to ER. I was taking some OTC cold and cough medications, and the doctors at the ER attributed the AF to that. Well a week ago I had my second bout of AF. The only thing I take is an OTC multivitamin; I no longer take any decongestants, and I monitor my caffeine intake. I work out 4 days a week, and have no other medical problems. I was sitting at home one evening and stood up, that is all it took. It was AF again.

Comment from: JWC, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 08

My husband noticed an occasional rapid heart rate - that would resolve on its own. Was also experiencing anxiety at night, and feeling warm. (A new problem.) I took prednisone for a muscle problem, and the rapid heart rate came back and lasted longer. Thought it was a side effect of the prednisone and went to see the doctor. While in the office, they took an EKG and saw the atrial flutter.

Comment from: Dickey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

For years I had from time to time the feeling of low blood sugar. I would eat something and the feeling would go away. I thought it was no big deal and the symptoms occurred several times a year but I had no further symptoms. Then one day I had palpations that did not go away for about 6 hours. We were out of town and when we came home, we called our doctor and he sent me to the emergency room. By the time we got there the symptoms had subsided and I was sent home. About 2 years later, I had another long episode of the flutter and this time arrived at the Emergency Room is plenty of time for them to document what was happening. That led to ultimately getting ablation to my heart... fascinating to watch on the monitor as the doctor guided the camera and something to cauterize the misbehaving electrical element in my heart. The thing that now concerns me is all the people who have atrial flutter and do not know it but assume that the feeling of low blood sugar was just that as they go on with the day. For me the symptoms have been a part of my life for 40 years and I suppose at any time there could have been serious complications, including death. So I am telling anyone who will listen what it felt like and to pay attention to it. PS... the procedure was long but painless and very interesting.

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