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Symptoms of atrial fibrillation (Afib) Just as no two women are the same, no two cases of Afib are the same. In fact, even in the same person, Afib can feel very different from one episode to the next. In general, Afib symptoms include: 77 Very rapid or irregular heartbeats. Some women say they feel their heart flip-flopping in their chests, skipping a beat or fluttering. 77 Unexplained shortness of breath 77 Chest pain 77Weakness or difficulty exercising 77 Dizziness or feeling faint 77 Fatigue Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation(Afib) Just as no two women are the same, no two cases of Afib are the same. In fact, even in the same person, Afib can feel very different from one episode to the next. In general, Afib symptoms include: ■■ Very rapid or irregular heartbeats. Some women say they feel their heart flip-flopping in their chests, skipping a beat or fluttering. ■■ Unexplained shortness of breath ■■ Chest pain ■■ Weakness or difficulty exercising ■■ Dizziness or feeling faint ■■ Fatigue While many women have one or more of these symptoms, some don’t notice any. Others say they had a nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right with their body. Tell your healthcare provider about all your symptoms. Don’t wait to see if they go away on their own or try to diagnose yourself. Afib can occur: ■■ Every once in a while (called paroxysmal Afib) for a few seconds or days, and tends to go away on its own ■■ On an ongoing basis (persistent), but medications or electrical shock (cardioversion) can help the heart return to its normal rhythm ■■ All the time (persistent), which often requires certain medical procedures © 2016 WomenHeart, ABC, CardioSmart, and StayWell. All rights reserved. Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Download/print this PDF While many women have one or more of these symptoms, some don’t notice any. Others say they had a nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right with their body. Tell your healthcare provider about all your symptoms. Don’t wait to see if they go away on their own or try to diagnose yourself. Afib can occur: 77 Every once in a while (called paroxysmal Afib) for a few seconds or days, and tends to go away on its own 77 On an ongoing basis (persistent), but medications or electrical shock (cardioversion) can help the heart return to its normal rhythm 77 All the time (persistent), which often requires certain medical procedures English Español A PATIENT RESOURCE GUIDE Women and Heart Disease 21


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
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