Most people, but not everyone, with atrial fibrillation will notice symptoms. The symptoms can vary based on the type or stage of atrial fibrillation.
People with paroxysmal (early stage) atrial fibrillation often have palpitations. Palpitations cause a fluttering feeling in the chest, or the sensation of a rapid, irregular heartbeat.
People in a more advanced stage of atrial fibrillation—such as persistent atrial fibrillation or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation—are more likely to have these symptoms:1,2
If untreated, atrial fibrillation progresses—from less severe to more advanced. That’s why it’s important to mention any of these symptoms to your health care provider. During your office visit, you’ll be asked how often the symptoms occur, and for how long. These questions can help your health care team narrow down the source of your symptoms.
If you find out that you have atrial fibrillation, be sure to talk to your health care team about the best treatments for you.
Read why early and effective treatment for your atrial fibrillation is so important.
Atrial fibrillation makes someone 5 times more likely to have a stroke.3 It also increases your risk of heart failure, dementia, other fast heart rhythms, and other health issues. Read about triggers, risk factors, and causes of atrial fibrillation so that you can talk about these risks with your health care provider.