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How can your habits and lifestyle affect your risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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A large amount of alcohol, particularly binge drinking, can trigger atrial fibrillation (AFib) -- but drinking only a modest amount is enough for some people to trigger the condition.

Caffeine, cigarettes, and other stimulant drugs can set off AFib. Caffeine will probably affect you more if you don't usually drink it.

When you're under a lot of stress or feeling worn out, that could trigger an episode or make your symptoms worse.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter."

Cleveland Clinic: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?" "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?" and "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "When the Beat is Off: Atrial Fibrillation."

Theheart.org: "Diabetes associated with risk of atrial fibrillation."

The Lancet: "Predicting atrial fibrillation - Authors' reply."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter."

Cleveland Clinic: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?" "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?" and "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "When the Beat is Off: Atrial Fibrillation."

Theheart.org: "Diabetes associated with risk of atrial fibrillation."

The Lancet: "Predicting atrial fibrillation - Authors' reply."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 03, 2018

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