Symptoms

Learn more about the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation and how to know when you are at risk.

Symptoms

Learn more about the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation and how to know when you are at risk.

John and his wife Donna discuss how their lives have been changed by John’s AF diagnosis, and the steps they’ve taken to attempt to control it.

Symptoms of AF

Know the symptoms of AF

People tend to experience AF differently. While some experience no symptoms during an AF episode—particularly if their heart rate is not very fast—others may experience:

  • palpitations
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • chest pains
  • breathlessness, particularly with exertion or anxiety
  • irregular and fast heartbeat

These may occur infrequently or frequently as on a daily basis.

Find out how to control your AF symptoms here.

Symptoms of a Stroke

Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke

Strokes can come on suddenly, and may affect speech and movement. Many individuals report their sight becoming affected, while others become confused and unsteady, have trouble speaking, or experience a sudden, severe headache for no apparent reason.

Recognize a stroke

A quick response to the signs of a stroke can significantly improve chances of survival and recovery.

The “FAST” test, which has been devised by the National Stroke Association, is a helpful way of assessing specific symptoms of stroke:

  • Face: Can they smile or frown? Has their mouth or eyes drooped?
  • Arms: Can they raise or lower both arms?
  • Speech: Can they speak clearly, coherently, and comprehend what you say?
  • Time to call 911

This is not a complete list of symptoms patients may experience.

Always act fast

If someone fails any of these tests, it is advised to call for help immediately by dialing 911.

A stroke should always be treated as a medical emergency as a speedy response can improve a person’s chances of survival and recovery.

Don’t ignore short-term symptoms

A mini-stroke, also known as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), may produce stroke-like symptoms that disappear within 24 hours, but should be treated just as seriously. A mini-stroke or TIA is a strong warning sign that someone is at risk of a major stroke and should be treated as a medical emergency with help being sought.

Not seeing a doctor on a regular basis can have serious repercussions on your health. Find out more here.

Listen to family and friends

When someone has a stroke, they often don’t realize they have a problem, and it may be a relative or friend who first notices that something is wrong. If they begin to question why an individual’s face looks odd, or has slurred speech; remember that stroke should be treated as a medical emergency so act FAST.

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