Can lung disease cause atrial fibrillation?

Indrajit Choudhuri, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Lung disease can cause atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. Lung and cardiovascular disease are the most common causes of atrial fibrillation.
Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Chronic lung disease, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), can cause atrial fibrillation. Not only can lung disease trigger atrial fibrillation, but so can the medications used to treat lung conditions such as asthma. If you have a lung condition and a history of heart problems in your family, talk to your doctor about your prescription medications.

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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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