My first episode of atrial fibrillation was in October 2003 at the age of 51. I had gotten off a plane and was in my home office pulling email. My heart felt like it skipped some beats and started racing and pounding. I became so dizzy and lightheaded that I had to lie down. My husband, with blood pressure cuff in hand, rushed over and recognized that my right leg was as white and cold as snow. My right eye was blurry as well.
Long story short, the emergency room cardiologist said that I had had arterial clots and a close call with stroke from atrial fibrillation. I had never heard of it. They put me on a beta blocker and Coumadin