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Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation Is Common

Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly diagnosed abnormal heart rhythm.

Atrial fibrillation gets worse over time. So it's best to have atrial fibrillation treated before it progresses and causes other health problems.1

The Stages and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

The Stages and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Symptoms of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation include:
  • Palpitations
  • Fluttering feeling in the chest
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
However, symptoms of the two advanced stages of atrial fibrillation can be different:2,3
Symptoms of Advanced AF Can be Different
In the past, people with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation had fewer treatment options to stop their AF. Now, Hybrid AF Therapy is an option.


1. Benussi, S., & de Maat, G.E. (2018). Atrial remodelling and function: implications for atrial fibrillation surgery. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery, 53(i1):i2–i8,

2. Calkins, H. et al. (2018). 2017 HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. Heart Rhythm, 14(10):e275-444.

3. Barbarossa, A., et al. (2014). Silent atrial fibrillation: a critical review. Journal of atrial fibrillation, 7(3): 1138,