Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart beats rapidly or irregularly. This happens when the heart’s two upper chambers beat intermittently or chaotically out of coordination with the two lower chambers. The condition can increase an individual’s chance of stroke, heart failure or other cardiovascular complications.
In many cases, heart rhythm abnormalities are discovered only during routine check-up or when investigating another condition. In some cases, particularly with older individuals, there may be no detectable symptoms of atrial fibrillation, but where symptoms do occur, they can include some of the following:
1. Heart palpitations
The most recognizable sign of atrial fibrillation is heart palpitations. This is a condition where the heart may feel like it is fluttering, pounding, or beating erratically for a short while. Some people may also feel their heart racing.
Since under normal circumstances people do not usually notice their heart beat, any irregularity in heartbeat becomes not only noticeable but also concerning. This can cause people to become anxious which, in turn, could trigger more palpitations.