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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
37
Treatment name(s)

(Cartia XT)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (19)
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)

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

(Xarelto)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (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 8 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 (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (17 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (7 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems bruising 5 more
Total evaluations
9
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)

(Coumadin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising excessive bleeding
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (10)
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 (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Xarelto)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bleeding gums nosebleeds (epistaxis)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (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 61
40s 132
50s 248
60s 408
70+ 359
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 38
20-29 years 41
30-39 years 53
40-49 years 99
50-59 years 134
60-69 years 93
70+ years 26

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 516
Female 722

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 667
Not Diagnosed 20

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