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Most people develop symptoms from their AF, which affects their quality of life.  It is well known that small numbers of people with AF don’t seem to have any awareness of the arrhythmia but it remains unclear why symptoms can vary so much from person to person.

Common symptoms from AF include:

  • Palpitations – a fluttering or thumping feeling in the chest or throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Lightheadedness or fainting

  • Chest pain or heaviness

  • Fatigue at the time or also for a period following episodes

  • Feelings of irritability, anxiety or generally unwell

  • Reduced exercise capacity or endurance

  • Increased sweating

  • Frequent urination

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