Atrial Fibrillation / Atrial Flutter

Electrical system problems of the heart may make the atria beat faster than normal. If the atria beat quickly, but still evenly, it is called atrial flutter. If the atria beat very quickly and unevenly, it is called atrial fibrillation.

When the Atria Beats Too Fast

The atria may beat quickly only once in a while (paroxysmal). Or, they may beat quickly all the time(chronic).Atrial flutter or fibrillation can be caused by such things as a heart attack, high blood pressure, or a thyroid problem. Or the cause may be unknown.

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation: Palpitations (a fluttering, fast heartbeat), weakness or tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or fainting spells.

Electrical system problems of the heart may make the atria beat faster than normal. If the atria beat quickly, but still evenly, it is called atrial flutter. If the atria beat very quickly and unevenly, it is called atrial fibrillation.

When the Atria Beats Too Fast

The atria may beat quickly only once in a while (paroxysmal). Or, they may beat quickly all the time(chronic).Atrial flutter or fibrillation can be caused by such things as a heart attack, high blood pressure, or a thyroid problem. Or the cause may be unknown.

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation: Palpitations (a fluttering, fast heartbeat), weakness or tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or fainting spells.

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation: Palpitations (a fluttering, fast heartbeat), weakness or tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or fainting spells.

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