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Atrial Fibrillation - What Increases Your Risk

A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:

Lifestyle choices

You may have certain habits that increase your risk for atrial fibrillation because they can cause wear and tear on your heart. These lifestyle choices include:

  • Long-term, heavy alcohol use, or drinking a large amount of alcohol at one time (binge drinking).
  • Use of illegal drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamines.
  • Smoking.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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