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What is paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

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Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AFib) is when your heart goes in and out of normal rhythm for less than a week. You might feel this happening for a few minutes, or you might feel it for several days. You may not need treatment with this type of AFib, but you should see a doctor.

This type of AFib is nicknamed "holiday heart syndrome." Otherwise healthy people who may be celebrating with a late night out or having a few extra drinks could go into AFib If their heart isn't used to all this different activity. It also happens sometimes when you're under extreme stress.

SOURCES: Boriani, G.  Vascular Pharmacology, 2016.

Cunningham, J. Pursuing Improved Quality of Life In the Atrial Fibrillation Population: Evidence-Based Practice, University of South Carolina, 2012.

Holding, S. Nursing Times, August 2013

Judd, S. Omnigraphics, 2014.

McCabe, P.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2015.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 11, 2018

SOURCES: Boriani, G.  Vascular Pharmacology, 2016.

Cunningham, J. Pursuing Improved Quality of Life In the Atrial Fibrillation Population: Evidence-Based Practice, University of South Carolina, 2012.

Holding, S. Nursing Times, August 2013

Judd, S. Omnigraphics, 2014.

McCabe, P.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2015.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 11, 2018

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