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Atrial Fibrillation

What airborne pollutants and emissions can cause atrial fibrillation?

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  • A Douglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    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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