Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of heart disorder marked by an irregular or rapid heartbeat. Persistent AF is one of three main types of the condition. In persistent AF, symptoms may last longer than seven days, and your heart’s rhythm is unable to regulate itself. Symptoms include:
Symptoms may appear on the first day that an individual experiences AF but may not realise that it is caused by AF. When the symptoms become more persistent (experiencing AF consecutively for seven days or more), AF may become more difficult to treat. In some patients AF can also be asymptomatic, which means the patient is not experiencing any symptoms and, in this scenario, ablation treatment is not recommended, unless they have associated problems like heart failure.