Auricular fibrillation; A-fib
You may not be aware that your heart is not beating in a normal pattern, especially if it has been happening for some time.
Symptoms may include:
Pulsethat feels rapid, racing, pounding, fluttering, irregular, or too slow
- Sensation of feeling the heart beat (
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of ability to exercise
Note: Symptoms may begin or stop suddenly. This is because atrial fibrillation may stop or start on its own.
Signs and tests
The health care provider may hear a fast heartbeat while listening to your heart with a stethoscope. Your pulse may feel fast, irregular, or both.
The normal heart rate is 60 - 100, but in atrial fibrillation/flutter the heart rate may be 100 - 175.
You may need to wear a special monitor that records the heart's rhythms, called a
Tests to find heart diseases may include:
Exercise stress test
- Test that uses sound waves
to create a moving picture of the heart
Test to look more closely at the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle
Tests to study the heart's electrical system