Patient Comments: Atrial Fibrillation Warning Signs - Experience

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What does it feel like when you have or have had an atrial fibrillation episode? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: cd, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have chest and pit of throat pressure a day to several hours before the atrial fibrillation episode, followed by irregular heartbeat and fluttering that lasts a few minutes to several hours.

Comment from: Satispati, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

My atrial fibrillation is severe and I also am having great flip flop feeling and sensation like a shock in my chest. It affects me a lot, I am unable to walk very far (extreme weakness), I have difficulty breathing, general all over weakness and sick feeling. I also have dizziness, horrible sweating with feeling very hot, completely wiped out and a feeling that if I keep going I will die. I suspect more is going on than just atrial fibrillation, as I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about 15 years ago and I've had two heart attacks and stent placements.

Comment from: Merryn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

The atrial fibrillation usually happens during the night. I wake up having the night sweats, feeling anxious, like something is not quite right or I have to visit the restroom to empty my bladder. Then I become aware of a racing sensation in my chest, like I have been running for a while. I try and catch my breath and take deep and slow calming breaths before I try and get up. Sometimes there is dizziness as well when I try and stand up to go to the restroom. I keep a carafe of water by the bedside and have found that drinking some of it helps me to calm down and deal with the anxiety. I occasionally feel what can only be described as a burping sensation in my chest, like a flip-flop. I know this means I have had a premature ventricular contractions, so I try and relax and breathe slowly until I can feel my heart-rate slowing down. I have been diagnosed by my general physician with atrial fibrillation and am seeing a cardiologist next month. My Mamma died in her sleep two days before she was supposed to get a pacemaker for her atrial fibrillation so I suspect my anxiety is somewhat understandable.

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