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How long does atrial fibrillation (AFib) last?

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There are several types of atrial fibrillation (AFib). The kind you have will affect how long your symptoms last. The fluttering goes on longer with some forms than others. For example:

  • Paroxysmal fibrillation last 7 days or less
  • Persistent AFib lasts for more than 7 days
  • Permanent AFib doesn't go away If your AFib continues for many months or years, you can reach the point where you barely notice the symptoms. Sometimes, they don't go away on their own. Your doctor may have to treat you to bring your heart back into the right rhythm.

SOURCES:

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Atrial Fibrillation?”

American Heart Association: "What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Heart Rhythm Society: "Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Health Service: "Atrial Fibrillation -- Symptoms."

StopAfib.org: "How to Know It's Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Atrial Fibrillation?”

American Heart Association: "What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Heart Rhythm Society: "Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Health Service: "Atrial Fibrillation -- Symptoms."

StopAfib.org: "How to Know It's Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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