Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms Should Be Discussed With a Doctor

Not everyone with atrial fibrillation experiences symptoms of the condition; therefore, it can be a very dangerous condition since many people may not realize they have it. Atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as AFib, occurs when the upper two chambers of the heart beat too rapidly due to erratic electrical signals, which can cause blood to pool up in the lower chambers of the heart. This puts a person who has atrial fibrillation at a significant risk of a heart attack or ischemic stroke from blood clotting in the heart.

AFib can be caused by a number of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, heart diseases or defects, metabolic imbalance, or exposure to stimulants like tobacco, caffeine, or medications. Some of the major atrial fibrillation symptoms include:

  • Rapid, irregular heartbeat
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the ankles and feet
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain or pressure

Patients who have atrial fibrillation and experience symptoms of a stroke can receive care at Tampa General Hospital, the first comprehensive stroke center on Florida’s west coast to receive national accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Our multispecialty team includes vascular neurologists and surgeons who are accessible at all hours of the day. TGH has state-of-the-art medical equipment for facilitating diagnosis of conditions like atrial fibrillation even when symptoms are not present. This allows us to provide the best treatment and care possible for patients who experience a stroke or conditions like AFib that can lead to a stroke, as well as to create a personalized risk reduction plan to help prevent future complications.