What Is the Heart Rhythm like in Atrial Fibrillation?

Q: If a person has atrial fibrillation, is his heart rhythm quicker or slower than healthy people?

A: The most obvious symptom of AFib is the racing and irregular heartbeat. You can describe the heartbeat from two aspects – the heart rate and the heart rhythm. Heart rate tells how fast the heart beats. And heart rhythm indicates the pattern of the heartbeat. It may be a regular pattern of sound or may be an irregular one.

A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. People with atrial fibrillation have a quicker heart rate than healthy people. And their heart rhythm is irregular instead of staying regular.


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