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Does COPD cause a-fib?

I went from stage 1 COPD with coughing as my only symptom. Quit smoking Oct 31 2017. Jan 10 had major exacerbation and ended up with a-fib. It is April and I’m still having trouble breathing, heart settled out on meds and blood thinner. I had to retire I can’t work more than 10 minutes. I’m upset as I thought COPD came on gradually. It hit me hard fast. Is this how it was for all of you?


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  • Janet Plank moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi usnretired

    My COPD developed over time. I had been struggling for sometime before my COPD diagnosis, and had seen a few doctors as well.
    I got short of breathe easy, and was still smoking when I noticed i was having problems breathing. I was diagnosed with asthma first and COPD a few years later.
    Everyone is different.
    Have you seen your doctor about your struggles to breathe? I would make an appointment, He/she is the only one qualified to diagnose and advise. Leon did post a couple of good links for you. There are so many articles on the sites.
    It’s great that you have become part of our community here. Always know that we are here for you, supporting each other is so important.
    Take care,
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi usnretired and thanks (as always) for your post. I’m sorry to hear about your COPD coming on so quickly and having cardiac issues as well.
    COPD usually creeps up on people insidiously – very gradually, over time. Although it may seem to ‘hit you hard fast’, in reality, there may have been subtle signs over the years, that some aspect of lung disease was actually present. I thought this article might shed some more light on this issue: https://copd.net/living/the-bump/.

    In the most general of terms, COPD is not typically responsible for atrial fibrillation. However, there are illnesses that are associated with COPD that you may want to be familiar with. Any of these articles may provide you with a little more insight for your concerns:https://copd.net/basics/conditions/respiratory-conditions/. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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