What should I avoid if I have atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Mowaffak Atfeh, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Mowaffak Atfeh, MD from Oak Hill Hospital, says people with atrial fibrillation should avoid triggers like heavy alcohol consumption, caffeine, cold medicines and more.
Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
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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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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