Atrial Fibrilation – AF

What is AF?

AF is a type of irregular heartbeat. It means your heart is not working as well as it could and it may make you more likely to have a stroke.

About 750,000 people in the UK are living with AF, and it’s more common as we get older.

The following could be a sign that you have AF:

  • palpitations (being aware of your heart beating fast)
  • breathlessness
  • chest pain
  • fatigue
  • no symptoms but an irregular pulse over one minute

If you think you have some of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your GP. To find out if you have AF, a doctor or nurse will check your pulse. If it feels irregular, they may refer you for more tests to check whether you have AF.