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by N J Howell unless otherwise noted
Raising Awareness of Afib
I always have mixed feelings whenever the powers that be decided to focus attention on an illness or health challenge. The very practice of focusing gives it more energy than I want to give anything. However, for those strongly in the medical model, knowing the symptoms of atrial fibrillation may allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Basically, when a heart exhibits afib patterns, it means the heart is not working efficiently. The symptoms include weakness, heart palpitations, confusion or light-headedness, shortness of breath, lower than normal blood pressure during afib attacks, chest pain, a feeling of the heart racing or jumping in the chest.
Afib may be something a person deals with occasionally, with symptoms that come and go or something that is chronic, which means the heartbeat is always irregular.
Of all the symptoms of afib listed, the one I’d be most concerned about is chest pain because that could mean heart attack.