Atrial fibrillation is a fast-paced, irregular heart rate that can increase your probability of having a stroke, experiencing heart failure and other heart complications. When this condition occurs, the atria (the heart’s two upper chambers) beat rapidly and irregularly with the ventricle (the heart’s two lower chambers). You may also experience heart palpitations, weakness or shortness of breath. Some atrial fibrillation cases are minor and symptoms will often subside. However, for more serious cases of atrial fibrillation, emergency treatment may be required.
Most individuals with atrial fibrillation do not have obvious symptoms and may be completely unaware that they have this condition. Those with the condition may experience the following:
Consult with the pharmacist and doctor about your symptoms and conditions. A physical examination may take place along with a review of family and medical history. Several tests may be required to diagnose your exact condition, including: