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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Atrial Fibrillation

Common symptoms
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Treatments taken by people with Atrial Fibrillation

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (35) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (31)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (21)
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Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Betapace)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)

Data from patients with Atrial Fibrillation, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Atrial Fibrillation

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Burning in stomach
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (35) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Incoherence if taken during day 2 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (31)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions)
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (21)
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Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning sensation Nausea sometimes
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Heart rate low Hypothyroidism 2 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Queasiness
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dry mouth
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Betapace)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Hospitalization
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (6)

Data from patients with Atrial Fibrillation, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Atrial Fibrillation on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 18
30s 38
40s 104
50s 169
60s 205
70+ 156

Sex

Distribution of sex

56% Female
44% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 27
20-29 years 30
30-39 years 44
40-49 years 60
50-59 years 89
60-69 years 65
70+ years 13

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 444
Not Diagnosed 14

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