Your Trusted Cardiologist In NYC

Current Articles | RSS Feed   RSS Feed

What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?

What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation :

Atrial fibrillation is the rapid and irregular beating of the two upper chambers of the heart. It is due to the heart’s electrical system malfunctioning and may or may not be asymptomatic, meaning that you may never know that you have the condition. In some instances, the symptoms may be intermittent, coming and going, in others it may be a chronic condition. In any case, you may want to see a doctor to make sure that your atrial fibrillation is not a sign of a more serious condition.

What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?It may present with any one of a number of symptoms including dizziness, fainting, angina, and a rapid, irregular heartbeat. Because the irregular heartbeat means that the heart is unable to pump all the blood that the rest of the body needs, the symptoms will largely be that of poor blood flow. The dizziness and fainting comes as a result of the brain not getting enough oxygen, and the angina is due to the heart muscles not getting a sufficient blood supply. Such problems as general fatigue and muscle weakness (similar to that which is felt after extreme physical exertion) may also be felt. The rapid heartbeat, where the upper and lower chambers of the heart are failing to coordinate with each other, may be uncomfortable and alarming.

Other conditions associated with atrial fibrillation

  • Sleep apnea

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

If it is undiagnosed and untreated, atrial fibrillation may cause strokes and other problems because of pooled blood in the heart clotting and breaking up. The fragments of blood clots may then travel to the brain and block blood vessels there. If you have atrial fibrillation over a long enough period of time, it may weaken your heart muscles and cause heart failure.



Currently, there are no comments. Be the first to post one!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All Posts