What Does Your Afib Feel Like?

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-05-02 21:53:00 -0500
Started 2011-05-14 22:36:47 -0500

I recently started a discussion about how some afib experiences may not be afib. One study suggests less than half may be real afib. Here is the article


So the question is, "What does afib feel like when it happens to you?" I know it may be hard to describe but try. I am certain everyone could learn a lot and it would be VERY interesting to compare notes!



12 replies

MaryLA 2012-02-21 18:25:37 -0600 Report

I am glad to see this sight! Once in awhile I thought I felt a flutter in my chest thinking it was to much caffine. I have afib and would like to hear how others feel. I sometimes wonder what is normal. On Ausust 16, 2010 about 11:30pm while watching TV my heart started jiggling like bowl of jelly. I realized I could be in trouble, my heart rate was 170. The ER did get it slowed down and transported me to North Kansas Ciity Hospital for a catherization. I had a 95% blockage in my left Aorta artery and a 50% blockage a stent was put in. I had been very tired, short winded and just not feeling right. Thanks for sharing.

HeartHawk 2012-02-21 23:04:53 -0600 Report


Thanks for the great input! Did your doc give you a speciific diagnosis and what is the treatment strategy? Afib comes in so many varieties. Half the battle is figuring out what the specific cause is.


MaryLA 2012-04-29 22:55:03 -0500 Report

No specific diagnosis that I can remember. The Doctor say it could be controlled by medication. I take Sotalol HCL 80MG Tabs twice a day.

arkansasurviver 2011-05-22 20:15:53 -0500 Report

I had afib about 8 months ago. I never noticed my heart rate even though it was 166 upon admission. I only knew I was very tired and it was all I could do to walk from my car to my front door. I am sure it is different for everyone but that is how it felt for me.

HeartHawk 2011-05-22 23:44:25 -0500 Report


Thanks so much for your input. Please feel free to contribute any other facts about your situation. Every little tidbit helps!

C'mon. I KNOW there are more "afibbers" out there. Don't be shy! Our community really wants to hear from you!

Thanks again,


Ronp 2011-07-12 22:15:47 -0500 Report

This site is new to me. It is very informative. My afib symptoms began with a general feeling of tiredness, dizziness with the feeling of my heart doing flip-flops or summer-salts. If I sit for a while, it usually passes. I look forward to doing more reading hear.
Thank you!

re1ndeer 2011-05-15 13:30:44 -0500 Report

When My atrial Fibrillation occurs, I have a rapid heartbeat , and heart palpatations (feels like my heart is coming through my chest), I normally have an irregular pulse. Sometimes I will feel light headed and dizzy.

I found a great site for all afib people it is : http://www.afibbers.org/faq.htm

They have information at the end of their article for more information for people with afib.