Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Atrial Fibrillation
Pinpointing the exact cause of your lightheadedness, palpitations,
and chest pain can be extremely hard. For example, after a rigorous
workout, you may feel these exact sensations yet have no arrhythmia of any
kind. Your doctor may ask you the following questions:
Although answers to these questions will not provide your doctor with
enough information to reach a complete diagnosis, they do allow your doctor to
consider several illnesses more specifically. The table below provides
information on which conditions cause symptoms similar to atrial fibrillation
and how they cause symptoms.
Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heart beat or rhythm is changed and may not be able to pump enough blood. About 1% of Americans have AFib.
Millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a past president of the American Heart Association. "It's very possible to live a normal life for many years."
If you or someone you know has been...