Main Article on Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Question: What are your atrial fibrillation symptoms? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Big Dennis, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 29 I am short of breath and it is even worse going up stairs because of atrial fibrillation. I also am getting lazy and depressed, because I cannot do the things I normally do. I had to retire from my drycleaner business. I just couldn't do 10 hours a day anymore. Comment from: joanne, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 10 I had severe palpitations for 3 years and my cardiologist ignored them until I had a severe episode of atrial fibrillation. I had to wear a monitor for a month before anything showed up on the last day. I was then put on warfarin to avoid stroke. I continued to have severe episodes and finally one morning I was so weak; my pulse dropped to 35. I called the cardiologist and spoke with his nurse who told me to get to the emergency room (ER). I kept pulsing out in the ER. First they put a patch pacemaker on. Then within an hour I was taken to the operation room and had a temporary pacemaker inserted. Next day I had a permanent one. About 4 years ago I had an AV (atrioventricular) ablation; means they burn the AV node so I wouldn't feel the ablation. Finally I felt much better. Now I am starting to feel extreme exhaustion for the past 3 days, it lasts several hours. I cannot even sit up and read when this happens. I am calling the doctor tomorrow to make sure my heart is not out of rhythm. I on warfarin, diltiazem, Valium, and Tylenol PM plus B supplements. I hate to live with this exhaustion; don't feel like I am really living. Comment from: Unhappy daughter, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 19 My 83 year old mother was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I am quite concerned that this was missed by 2 cardiologists, including her general physician. Her blood pressure (BP) was suddenly elevated, over 140 for 2 weeks. Multiple changes of cardiac medications were made. She had LE (lower extremity) edema, cellulitis, orthostatic BP. We were told atrial fibrillation occurred because she was dehydrated. Very upset as I know she is on Coumadin plus other new cardiac medicines. She also has a history of thyroid problems. My mother refuses to have a second opinion with other doctors. Watch symptoms carefully in the elderly. Comment from: Lucky diagnosis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 25 I was 66 and have had hypertension since I was about 45. I am seriously overweight and have been for my whole life. I was seeing my doctor for my annual checkup and had an atrial fibrillation event while she was checking my heart. I had absolutely no symptoms. She sent me to a cardiologist who put me on a monitor for a month to determine the frequency of my episodes and if I had any symptoms. I had additional atrial fibrillation episodes and every time without a single symptom. I have been on warfarin and metoprolol for 5 years along with my other hypertension drugs. I self-test for my INR number and check in with a clinic for monitoring. I have been living a full life and enjoying international travel. I feel very lucky and so grateful that I was diagnosed and have a much better shot at a longer healthier life. Comment from: Glo, 75 or over (Patient) Published: August 08 For the past 10 years I have had episodes of an irregular heart rate. I had a stress test and monitors, but nothing was found. Sometimes when I get it, it lasts for 10 minutes, sometimes a few hours and then goes back to a normal beat. It is uncomfortable when it happens, but I have no pain or shortness of breath. I feel the irregular beat while it lasts. I take metoprolol twice a day 50 mg. I would like to find out if it is atrial fibrillation and if it is dangerous. Comment from: Mammo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 01 I was diagnosed in February 2016 with heart failure/hypertension and aortic valve failure. I then had an open-heart surgery to replace aortic valve, following the surgery, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Currently I have a dual pacemaker implanted and I am on three medications; metoprolol RD 25 mg. losartan 25 mg and Coumadin 2 mg but varies based on the result blood work. To date, the dual pacemaker during previous performance has been unique; to date its performance is less than 3 percent both chambers. I am active in terms of exercise, walk quite a bit and do other activities as needed. I still have occasional chest pain but not severe. As of now I do not experience some of the listed symptoms of atrial fibrillation but I will celebrate my first year after surgery in June. I am exploring what I should take as a regular step if the pacemaker remains inactive and say, a year later if we do not detect any activity, why we should keep it in. Comment from: Joe Rivers, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 18 Had a heart attack at age 42 and open heart surgery when I was 65, it took me one year to fully recover from the surgery (5 vessels). A few years after my open heart surgery I developed Atrial Fibrillation. The heart doctors tried a variety of medications and nothing cured my AF. My wife was talking to a 90 year old man about my AF and he said he use to have AF but got rid of it with a product called "Ultimate Heart Support." I purchased the product and three weeks after taking it my AF was gone. I read on the list of ingredients in the product and found the one herb that interested me in the pill was called ARJUNA. I did a study on ARJUNA and found that it has been around for hundreds of years and has been very beneficial to patients with heart problems. I was blessed to have found this product and I continue to use it faithfully and with the symptoms of AF. If you try this product and it helps you be sure to let others know about it. SLIDESHOW Heart Disease: Causes of a Heart Attack See Slideshow Comment from: Diane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25 I had a hole in my heart repaired about 18 years ago, it disappeared so I had a plug put in 2 years ago. I had scar tissue from first surgery which might have caused atrial fibrillation so had an ablation done but probably need it again as the doctor said he might have missed some tissue. I take diltiazem and flecainide but it makes me tired. When I have an atrial fibrillation attack I get on my hands and knees and kind of curl up which helps it stop sooner. Comment from: Lilrusty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02 I have A-fib since I was 38 years old. I tried different medications, but none really work! Comment from: d. deese, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29 With A-fib, I had a rapid heartbeat that was strange and fluttery. I had this feeling in my chest and throat. I have no paid at all, but I get these sensations a lot. Published: April 09 I had my first a-fib attack three weeks ago. I experienced a rapid pounding heart beat that was erratic. I did not have dizziness or shortness of breath. My blood pressure shot up. After waiting an hour, I went to the ER. They administered Cardizem which immediately slowed my heart and stopped the erratic beats. Since then, I've had practically every test known to man and no cause has been found. Next, I go to have all my arteries checked and have a sleep apnea test. It would help to know what to expect in the future. Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 14 I don't know if this is related to my a fibrillation but I have lots of indigestion and my chest is sore on the side where my heart is. I am taking Adavan and Zoloft for depression and anxiety. I had cancer surgery 3 months ago. Comment from: Jay, 65-74 Male Published: September 11 I have A-fib now for close to five years together with high blood pressure. I have been on Pradaxa for close to two years with no side effects, even playing handball twice a week. Comment from: no poultry for me!, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05 I've been tentatively diagnosed with A-Fib. My episodes start with loud ringing in my ears, followed by lightheadedness, faint feeling, extremely hot feeling all over, prickly tingly tops of hands, drenching sweat, high pulse rate. I've found that I'll have an A-Fib attack within 24 hours after eating any poultry product, including eggs...I am now avoiding all poultry products except for 'clean' products...a study done in England showed that SOME A-Fib patients experience this reaction to poultry due to the specific antibiotics fed to poultry by growers. Comment from: carolyn, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I have had A-fib for almost 2 years. I have it mostly every day to some degree. Foods seem to stimulate it as it did the night I went to the ER. I had too much fried, rich desserts, and spicy sauces. It can happen after certain foods are eaten and sometimes when I'm at rest. It is scary at times. Comment from: Cheryn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23 I have hard, painful palpitations, even at night while I am sleeping and they wake me. I have increased heart rate(120-128), sweating, additional pain in one or both arms, neck, face, and between my shoulder blades. I've been having them for almost three years now. Comment from: shae345, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 05 My symptoms consist of fast paced heart rate, tightness of the chest, trouble breathing, chest pain, sweating and numbness of my left arm. After the "episode," I feel so drained and tired. Comment from: Greedtx, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 18 My A-fib symptoms involved my heart going in and out of rhythm. Comment from: wjh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 06 I have AF every day. It makes me very tired with no energy. I have a pacemaker which was inserted to stop my heart pausing, but the AF is making me short of breath, and if I exert myself it makes it worse. QUESTION Atrial fibrillation is a(n) ... See Answer Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18 My symptoms are palpitations with dizziness and lightheadedness. I also have a rapid heart rate with these episodes. Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13 I have had continual artrial fibrillation for a year now. At times it is verging on painful. The treadmill shows it only returns to normal while exercising. Sitting and sleeping is uncomfortable. I have a very high blood pressure. My medication is not working very well any more. I get very tired and during bad attacks my eyesight becomes limited. Comment from: Carl, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 24 Since my 3 way bypass in 2008 I have had 3 episodes of A-Fib requiring hospitalization. These episodes are similar to the feeling I get with low blood sugar. I become very weak and have difficulty standing or walking. In the hospital I am given an IV and told I am de-hydrated. I do not drink, so I don't know what brings on the de-hydration. My blood pressure medication was increased and I was put back on blood thinner after the last episode. Test showed no recurring blockage and no heart attack. Comment from: Dani E, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07 I have had bouts of A-fib since I was a child, probably about 10 years old. The cause was likely amphetamine diet pills that were prescribed to me back then as onset happened after taking them for an extended period and they used to make my heart pound tremendously. I am now 57. Over the years I have noticed that with weight gain the A-fib became much more of a problem. However anytime I have lost weight down to a more healthful level and exercised daily, kept salt intake below 1000 mg. and drink at least 2 Cups low sodium V-8, or low sodium tomato juice along with eating other potassium rich foods such as potato or banana etc. this helps keep blood pressure low enough that the A-fib does not kick in so easily. Comment from: tam350810, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 24 My episodes of A-fib are 'announced' initially by loud ringing in the ears, and loss of peripheral vision followed by seconds of total blindness. Comment from: Anne Albert, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 11 I have an A-Fib episode approx. every 10 days or so. The worst part of this is that I have a breathing problem. I have tried several meds. But now, I cannot tolerate the higher dosages and lower dosages don't help much. Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 18 I was diagnosed with Afib about 6 years ago (at 59); however, in retrospect, I probably have had it for most of my life. Sometimes I will get the heart pounding and flutter but are times when I just feel dizzy and or exhausted. Exercise definitely works in those instances. As I get older, I am having the Afib much more often. Comment from: tish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17 I have a feeling like my heart is going slow like a kick start there is no pain. I have no fatigue or shortness of breath. I feel it at night when I am at rest rest, I've been taking a 1/4 of a zanax to calm down at bed time, I seem to be under a lot of stress.