Atrial Fibrillation

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What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) and involves the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Its name comes from the characteristic fibrillating or quivering of the heart muscles of the atria, instead of a normal coordinated contraction.

What is it like to have Atrial Fibrillation?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Atrial Fibrillation and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from Atrial Fibrillation patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Atrial Fibrillation on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 14
30s 42
40s 88
50s 148
60s 169
70+ 108


Distribution of females vs. males

56% Females
44% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 24
20-29 years 30
30-39 years 38
40-49 years 59
50-59 years 76
60-69 years 56
70+ years 11

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 395
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from Atrial Fibrillation patients who have completed their condition history
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