Dr. Shukla explains if it is common when women with atrial fibrillation experience no symptoms.
Any patient with atrial fibrillation can have what we call symptomatic atrial fibrillation or asymptomatic atrial fibrillation where they do not feel episodes. It’s actually a crossover. So all patients with symptomatic episodes will have periods where they feel no symptoms at all.
The thought process behind that is that sometimes if the heart rate does not go fast enough, somebody may not perceive the symptoms, but very commonly you can have asymptomatic atrial fibrillation, and I actually feel that that is probably worse than having symptomatic atrial fibrillation.
Even though the symptoms can be very debilitating, at least it alerts a patient to seek medical attention so the right steps can be implemented to try and prevent a bad outcome from happening from the atrial fibrillation.
Generally, if the patient can’t feel that they’re having atrial fibrillation, medical attention is not sought after, and it can become a catastrophic event or a life-altering event as the first manifestation of the atrial fibrillation.
About Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla, M.D.:
Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla, M.D., specializes in treating heart rhythm disorders and is founder of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (CAI) dedicated to providing heart care customized to the individual. Dr. Shukla is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, has completed training at Columbia University in New York City, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma. He is recognized for numerous published articles on the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, and by the American Heart Association for Outstanding Research. Dr. Shukla’s community works include raising awareness of heart rhythm disorders, safety and prevention measures through speeches, training and counsel; and contributing external defibrillators to local public schools and other entities.