Know These Common AFib Symptoms
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart arrhythmia that is more prevalent than you think — according to Harvard Health, there has been documentation of AFib for more than 4,000 years and 2.3 million to 5.1 million Americans are affected by this heart condition.
Not only that but it is costly — it results in 400,000 hospitalizations annually, with over 5 million doctor’s visits.
Healthcare costs associated with AFib are upwards of $6.5 billion — yes, billion — annually.
Chances are if you have heard of AFib, you know of someone who has had a stroke because of it — AFib and stroke are unfortunately linked. Luckily, AFib is treatable, so knowing the symptoms and receiving treatment promptly can reduce the risk of stroke and premature death.
Continue reading for a list of the most common AFib symptoms.
1. Fluttering Sensation in the Chest
The fluttering sensation is a result of the irregular and/or rapid heartbeat. AFib can cause the heart to beat very rapidly, but the heartbeat is always irregular.
Due to the irregularity, you may notice that your heart rhythm feels different than it usually does.
ResourcesAmerican Heart Association (Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters)Harvard Health (Atrial Fibrillation: Common, Serious, Treatable)
There are different types of atrial fibrillation, and their symptoms and treatments vary. Learning about each type may help you identify potential issues.