I'm just a little confused - I have always had very low blood pressure but was informed last week that I have atrial fibrillation. I was sent to hospital following pain/pressure in my chest and a feeling of being strangled around my neck. I was admitted and it was discovered that my pulse was racing up as high as 180/190 bpm but was given medication to bring this down. My question is:- is it the case that atrial fibrillation only takes place when you get that uncomfortable/painful feeling in your chest or is my heart defibrillating all the time and I just can't feel it. I have just ordered a home blood pressure test kit so that I can keep an eye on my pulse myself. I guess I am just taken aback by this and am scared to do anything in case I set it off again. My family has a long history of heart problems insofar as both of my parents, all of my 10 aunts and uncles and one sister died of heart attacks.
I would really appreciate any thoughts/comments anyone can offer. Thank you.