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FAQs Coping with A-Fib: Predicting Attacks

FAQs A-Fib afibIs there any way to predict when I’m going to have an A-Fib attack?”

Try being a private detective! Start by keeping a log or diary of your A-Fib episodes for three or six months. Then analyze your log for patterns.

By studying your log you may find, for example, that your A-Fib episodes come mostly at night, or after a meal which may mean you have Vagal A-Fib. What is the interval between your A-Fib episodes? Some people have very regular intervals between A-Fib attacks. A-Fib Support Volunteer, Max, for example, had regular A-Fib episodes every morning at 7am. (Read Max’s A-Fib story #43: A-Fib Causes Devastating Effects—From Shanghai to Bordeaux..) Knowing these patterns may help you deal with your A-Fib.

But not every log will be revealing. A-Fib seems to have a mind and schedule of its own that’s often hard to predict.

When I had A-Fib, I had little success predicting attacks. I had very short episodes no longer than five minutes often during the day. I was never able to predict when they would occur, or identify what may have triggered them.

If you find any errors on this page, email us. Y Last updated: Monday, February 13, 2017

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