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If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, it's important to know that you do have some control over the condition. A number of lifestyle habits, including certain foods and beverages, are known to trigger atrial fibrillation. If you have this heart condition:
- Stay away from caffeine and smoking. Nicotine and caffeine act as stimulants to your heart and cause it to beat much faster than normal.
- Avoid illegal drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines. These drugs are linked to atrial fibrillation and also to the life-threatening ventricular fibrillation that can cause sudden death.
- Stop drinking or cut back to one or two drinks a day. Heavy alcohol consumption is linked to atrial fibrillation.
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