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 for atrial fibrillation

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

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
416
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
188
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
423
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
154
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
318
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Xarelto)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Pradaxa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (2)

Data from patients with atrial fibrillation, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness upon standing fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Cardizem)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (6 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue headaches 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Eliquis)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (8 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems bruising 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia upset stomach
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Coumadin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Xarelto)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Arycor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tambocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for atrial fibrillation (2 evaluations)
Side effects
irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) lightheadedness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Pradaxa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
atrial fibrillation (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with atrial fibrillation, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has atrial fibrillation on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 752 say atrial fibrillation is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 12
30s 75
40s 132
50s 260
60s 474
70+ 532
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 39
20-29 years 50
30-39 years 58
40-49 years 105
50-59 years 142
60-69 years 100
70+ years 36

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 641
Female 858

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 731
Not Diagnosed 20

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