What airborne pollutants and emissions can cause atrial fibrillation?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Airborne pollutants and emissions such as automobile exhaust,  industrial pollution and propane gas can cause arrhythmias with atrial fibrillation, heart disease and other health problems. Even long-term exposure to cigarette smoke and paint thinners can contribute to atrial fibrillation.  If you are exposed to these substances on a regular basis, talk to your doctor about ways to protect yourself from the dangers of airborne pollutants and emissions.  Also, if the hazards are work-related, talk to the environmental safety officer at your job about safeguards you can take.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia -- causes an irregular heartbeat that can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) results from faulty signals produced by ...

the heart's electrical system, causing the upper portion of the heart to fibrillate, or contract rapidly and irregularly. AFib doesn't cause noticeable symptoms for everyone. For those who do experience symptoms, heart palpitations are common along with feeling weak, dizzy and tired. Learn more about atrial fibrillation with expert advice from Sharecare.
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