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
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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Treatments taken by people with atrial fibrillation

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

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (26) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (12)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lanoxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Xarelto)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (5) Insomnia (2)

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Anxious mood 6 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning in stomach Stomach pain
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (26) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Edema in feet Fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Bradycardia 13 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruise easily Excessive bleeding
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Insomnia 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (7 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia Upset stomach
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Xarelto)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Bleeding gums Bruising 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruising Loss of sense of taste
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Heart palpitations
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5) Insomnia (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with atrial fibrillation, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has atrial fibrillation on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 18
30s 54
40s 113
50s 236
60s 340
70+ 285
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 36
20-29 years 39
30-39 years 50
40-49 years 94
50-59 years 124
60-69 years 86
70+ years 24

Sex

Distribution of sex

58% Female
42% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 593
Not Diagnosed 17

These charts show data from atrial fibrillation patients who have completed their condition history
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