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

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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
36
Treatment name(s)

(Cartia XT)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (13)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)

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 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue allergic asthma 5 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Cartia XT)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (17 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems fatigue 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (18 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems excessive bleeding 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (9 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Xarelto)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bleeding gums nosebleeds (epistaxis)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising excessive bleeding
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (7 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia upset stomach
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm excessive dry mouth
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (8)
  • 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 19
30s 63
40s 136
50s 254
60s 406
70+ 386
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 39
20-29 years 42
30-39 years 56
40-49 years 101
50-59 years 135
60-69 years 93
70+ years 29

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 531
Female 746

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 685
Not Diagnosed 20

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