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What are symptoms of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

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The most recognizable symptom of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is that feeling of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat. You also might:

  • Feel weak or short of energy
  • Be dizzy or confused
  • Have shortness of breath
  • Use the bathroom more often
  • Sweat
  • Feel anxious

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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