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 13
30s 39
40s 85
50s 144
60s 161
70+ 101


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 36
40-49 years 59
50-59 years 74
60-69 years 53
70+ years 11

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 385
Not Diagnosed 10

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