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When should I call my doctor about my AFIb?

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Call your doctor if your heart doesn't go back into a normal rhythm within a few minutes, or your symptoms get worse. Call 911 right away if you have these symptoms:

  • Pain or pressure in the middle of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Pain that spreads to your jaw, neck, arms, back, or stomach
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Drooping face
  • Arm weakness
  • Trouble speaking

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 02, 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 02, 2018

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