Even if you are receiving treatment to avoid new episodes of atrial fibrillation it is possible for episodes of atrial fibrillation to occur again. Of course, the symptoms can be just as unpleasant and anxiety-provoking as before.
If you are experiencing a new episode of atrial fibrillation it is important to:
- Try to take it easy and avoid panic
- Sit or lie down and try to relax- it may go away on its own
- Unless you are significantly affected by your episode and feel really bad, it is generally not necessary to rush to the doctor or the hospital
- If you are significantly affected or the episode does not go away on its own, contact your doctor or emergency doctor
- If you have had an atrial fibrillation episode, it is important that you tell your GP – or cardiologist – about this. How long did it last? What did you notice? Was there anything you’ve been thinking could have provoked the episode? Did you receive any treatment?