Understanding the Signs and Symptoms Of Afib
Someone can have atrial fibrillation yet show no signs. The most common symptoms that patients with atrial fibrillation face are fluttering sensations in the chest, also known as palpitations. Patients can also display other symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, tiredness, fatigue, feeling dizzy, and sometimes even losing consciousness. It is well not known why some patients experience symptoms of the condition while others do not. The symptoms are related to having a speedier heartbeat in most patients. It is still possible, however, to find some patients having symptoms even when their hatred is not fast. Some patients experience symptoms when the heart beats too slowly during atrial fibrillation. When a patient goes for physical examination, the way to determine if they are experiencing atrial fibrillation is to listen to their heart with a stethoscope, and an irregular pulse is the most common sign of the condition.
You could be experiencing symptoms of virtual fibrillation during episodes that come and then go. If you are experiencing any unpleasant symptoms among those that can be associated with atrial fibrillation, it is crucial to seek urgent medical help. The condition in itself cannot represent an immediate danger to one’s life, and many people have lived with the condition for many decades. That said, the condition can cause severe complications in one’s body. The serious complications include suffering a stroke or heart failure.
Stroke is the most commonly experienced and severe complication that atrial fibrillation causes. 5% of patients with atrial fibrillation experience stroke every year. In comparison to people without atrial fibrillation, people with atrial fibrillation have five times increased risk of experiencing a stroke. A stroke usually occurs when a blood vessel in the brain either starts bleeding or gets blocked. The more common strokes are those caused by blockage as opposed to those as a result of bleeding. The number of symptoms you will experience as a result of a stroke will depend on the specific part of the brain that is involved. Some of the signs you may experience if you have a stroke are experiencing strange sensations on one side of your body, numbness, especially on one side, having trouble understanding other people are communicating with them, severe headaches, severe dizziness, difficulty in swallowing, and having trouble walking or staying balanced. See a doctor if you feel these signs even if they are mild or disappear after a short time.
A patient with long-standing atrial fibrillation may also experience heart failure when the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body organs and tissues.