Originally Posted by tc1414
I was wondering how those who have been diagnosed with A-fib determine their heart rates while experiencing it.
I've got chronic, persistent A-fib, which means I am in A-fib all the time. Without medication, my heart races about 160bpm, which I determine by taking my pulse for about 15-20 seconds.
I usually use a stethoscope to listen to my heart sounds, to determine how well my heart is beating, rather than determining the specific heart rate.
If my heart is not beating well, like too fast, or too weak, or too hard, or too erratic, then I try to get my heart back into a healthier heart rate, or, at least, avoid further irritating, or putting stress on my heart. I also try to determine what triggered my heart to beat erratically, and then try to avoid that trigger(s) in the future.
Also, is it possible to be in A-fib but have a normal pulse rate?
I am always in A-fib, even on medication, but with the medication, I've got an acceptable pulse rate most of the time.