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Heart rate during AFib
Is there a range for a heart rate during an A Fib episode? My first episode was 160 to 180 and I think my last one was under 100 bpm.
Edhammer, December 26, 2018 9:34am EST
I’m not absolutely sure. Generally speaking acceptable rate is between 60-100. However, since afib is an arrhythmia, it is more about the “ consistency” of the rate. Plus normal pulse taking May not identify the true heartbeat. Anyone, correct me if I’m incorrect.
hncollazo, December 26, 2018 4:14pm EST
All resting rate over 100 is high.
In my case I had reached 230.
DkinAA, December 27, 2018 6:29am EST
Linda, are you on a rate-limiting med? My diltiazem keeps my resting rate around 60 and my afib episode rate around or below 90. My last uncontrolled episodes were in ER 3 years ago - I don’t remember the rate then except it was pretty awful!
chawkins, December 27, 2018 11:11am EST
linda, I'm on diltiazem also. My resting heart rate today is 67 but with activity regularly goes over 100 but I am not in afib. I had an afib attack a couple of weeks ago. I felt it. While in afib, I checked my fitbit and my heart rate was jumping around between 125 to 170. Ended up in hospital ER as it lasted over 12 hours. I now have Rhymol as pill in a pocket and hope to avoid ER visit again
MellanieSAF, December 29, 2018 1:34pm EST
Your heart rate during afib can be slow, normal, or fast, so it can vary from 30 to 200, even 300+.
mamazipp, February 4, 2019 4:56am EST
So if the heart rate is slow due to a rate control medication, what symptoms would suggest AFib? I’ve been having episodes of “strange sensations” with some breathlessness but my HR is in the 80s ( I’m on verapamil). I usually don’t check with my Kardia then because I feel weak and am often not at home.
Edhammer, February 4, 2019 8:56am EST
I could always feel when I had an episode. Primarily, I could feel the accelerated rate, but also the erratic beats, as well as a high level of anxiety, a bit of fight or flight feeling. I seldom felt short of breath. I had no chest pain.
I really feel that the anxiety itself is a symptom, not just a result.
hope this helps.