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    Old 10-27-2008, 12:47 AM   #1
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    Difference between Atrial Fibrillation & Sick Sinus?

    Hi To All,
    How can a person tell the difference between Atrial Fib versus Sick Sinus?
    For instance, both causes irregular heartbeats, lightheadedness, palpitations etc. I know a cardiologist is the one to see, but I was just wandering if there is a way to tell the difference between the two. Thanks.

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    Old 10-29-2008, 06:11 AM   #2
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    Re: Difference between Atrial Fibrillation & Sick Sinus?

    i guess look them up on the net and see the symptoms

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    Re: Difference between Atrial Fibrillation & Sick Sinus?

    when i put my finger on my wrist and can tell if i am in sinus rhythm as the beats are timed the same apart and very even (mine runs about 65 bpm). if you are in atrial fib (as i have this problem), when you take your pulse it is real irregular beats and you wouldn't be able to count the mess. ofcourse this kind of checking your pulse doesn't mean it might be atrial fib as it could be added beats, skipped beats etc. just remember, it better to have an extra beat now and then then none. that was sorta a joke..just don't worry,,,and ask your dr.

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