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)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (35)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (34) Pain (1)
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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
13
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (9)
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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)

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

(Eliquis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (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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Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Dizziness 3 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (35)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning in stomach Stomach pain
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (34) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Edema in feet Headaches 2 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (21)
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Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning sensation Excessive bleeding 1 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Bradycardia Constipation 11 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Insomnia 2 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (9)
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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)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Cold sweat Dizziness and feeling faint 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Perceived effectiveness
for Atrial Fibrillation (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruising Loss of sense of taste
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Atrial Fibrillation (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 19
30s 46
40s 108
50s 188
60s 269
70+ 180

Sex

Distribution of sex

56% Female
44% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 30
20-29 years 33
30-39 years 50
40-49 years 75
50-59 years 107
60-69 years 71
70+ years 16

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 510
Not Diagnosed 20

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