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Can I smoke if I have atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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The nicotine in cigarettes can make this condition worse. Smoking also damages your blood vessels and raises your chances for heart disease and a heart attack.

Ask your doctor to recommend a method, such as medicine or nicotine replacement, to help you quit.

From: Tips for Living With Afib WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AFIB Matters: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation: Resource Guide."

American Heart Association: "A Patient's Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Vitamin K and Coumadin."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

AFIB Matters: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation: Resource Guide."

American Heart Association: "A Patient's Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Vitamin K and Coumadin."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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