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Frequently Asked Questions
I have symptoms of atrial fibrillation. When should I see a doctor?
If you have any symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation—palpitations, rapid or irregular heartbeat, flutter, pounding, anxiety—you should make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms can be signs of more serious conditions, such as coronary artery disease.
“IF LIGHTHEADEDNESS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST PAIN, NAUSEA, SWEATINESS, THEN CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.” These were the instructions I was given after a trip to the emergency room. You are absolutely better safe than sorry, as the saying goes.
Also, be aware that many people experience no symptoms with atrial fibrillation. This is unfortunate because, even though atrial fibrillation is rarely fatal, it increases your risk of stroke. If in doubt, see your physician.