When Should I Be Concerned About Atrial Fibrillation?

Should I go to ER if I have AFib?

AFib episodes rarely cause serious problems, but they’ll need to get checked out.

If they’re uncomfortable or their heart is beating rapidly, call 911 or go to an emergency room.

Doctors may use medications or a device called a cardioverter to help their heart go back to a normal rhythm..

What should I do if I have AFib episode?

You should also call your doctor if an AFib episode lasts longer than what you normally experience.Slow breathing. Slow, focused, abdominal breathing may be enough to relax you and your heart. … Vagal maneuvers. … Yoga. … Exercise.

How long does an AFib episode last?

paroxysmal atrial fibrillation – episodes come and go, and usually stop within 48 hours without any treatment. persistent atrial fibrillation – each episode lasts for longer than 7 days (or less when it’s treated)

What happens if atrial fibrillation goes untreated?

If left untreated, the side effects of AFib can be potentially life threatening. AFib makes it harder for the heart to pump blood effectively. With the blood moving more slowly, it is more likely to form clots. If the clot is pumped out of the heart, it could travel to the brain and lead to a stroke.