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How often does atrial fibrillation (AFib) occur?

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Some people have AFib every once in a while. Symptoms might last for a few minutes or a few hours. Then things return to normal.

Other people have AFib often and need treatment to get their heartbeat to return to a normal sinus rhythm.

Go to the ER if you have symptoms. AFib won’t cause a heart attack in a healthy heart, but it does raise your odds of having a stroke. And timely treatment, usually with a medication called a blood thinner (your doctor may call it an anticoagulant), can prevent strokes.

From: AFib and Normal Sinus Rhythm WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AFib Matters: “Signs and Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation Won’t Cause Heart Attack but Can Lead to Other Serious Complications,” "Atrial fibrillation - Symptoms and Causes."

American Heart Association: “High Blood Pressure, AFib and Your Risk of Stroke,” “Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"  "What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial fibrillation (Afib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Heart Contraction and Blood Flow," "Your Heart's Electrical System."

KidsHealth.org: "Your Heart and Circulatory System."

UptoDate: "Normal sinus rhythm and sinus arrhythmia."

Circulation : "Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 09, 2018

SOURCES:

AFib Matters: “Signs and Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation Won’t Cause Heart Attack but Can Lead to Other Serious Complications,” "Atrial fibrillation - Symptoms and Causes."

American Heart Association: “High Blood Pressure, AFib and Your Risk of Stroke,” “Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"  "What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial fibrillation (Afib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Heart Contraction and Blood Flow," "Your Heart's Electrical System."

KidsHealth.org: "Your Heart and Circulatory System."

UptoDate: "Normal sinus rhythm and sinus arrhythmia."

Circulation : "Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 09, 2018

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