Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Support Group

Atrial fibrillation (AF or afib) is an abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia) which involves the two small, upper heart chambers (the atria). Heart beats in a normal heart begin after electricity generated in the atria by the sinoatrial node spread through the heart and cause contraction of the heart muscle and pumping of blood.

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Triggers of A-Fib

I am very new to A-Fib, 1 week ago in fact. I have heard about caffeine causing a bout with A-Fib. Has anyone heard of Tobacco causing A-Fib?

What other triggers have you experienced that have caused A-Fib?

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Red wine, caffiene, chocolate...
That does it for me!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Caffiene and exercise were my triggers at first. But right before my ablation it seemed everything and anything would trigger an attack!
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deleted_user

I usually start getting PACs and instability after exercise, even walking for a while. But I've noticed that, while unstable, that a cold drink can send me into a persistent afib episode. It took a few episodes to note this pattern.
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lying flat in bed, lying on your left side, caffein, tobacco (definitly - nicotine is a heart stimulant, ASPARTAME (FOUND IN ALMOST ALL DIET POP) cold drinks or ice cream. Hans Larsen - www.afibbers.org -has researched and written a book on atrial fibrillation which will give you more information than you will ever get anywhere else. As the condition progresses you will become more and more sensitive to everything.Good luck, I hope you have good insurance, I'm dependent on the VA, in other words I'm screwed. BG
deleted_user
deleted_user

I saw the movie "march of the Penguins" the same week-end that I went to an Arlo Guthrie concert... that did it for me... I ended up admitted to the hospital in my first diagnosed episode of A Fib... I think I had had it a long time previous, however....
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I am convinced that a violent allergic reaction to an antibiotic called Avelox triggered the onset of my A fib. It seems obvious to me that anything that would make your heart race would have an effect - caffeine, exercise, etc. - in pulse rate but I'm not sure if that correlates exactly to what you'd see on an EKG as A fib.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Triggers for me have been...

Lying on left side
Caffeine
Alcohol
Dehydration
Sleep Depravation
deleted_user
deleted_user

I read on another blog that most of people said a large meal would
trigger A-Fib. I would have most of my A-Fibs starting about an hour after supper. I had A-fib for about 20 years and lived though it. good luck ........Old Norm
deleted_user
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Add over the counter cold and allergy meds that contain stimulants... they can cause an episode
Steve9
Steve9

Add Eating late (or lying down to soon after a meal).
deleted_user
deleted_user

ice cold water (e.g. in restaurants)
eating too much
lying in bed at "wrong" angle
anticipating future events (good or bad)
strenuous exercise (a few hours later it hits)

As for eating, I find if I eat too big of a meal or too many carbs at once, it can trigger. So I try to eat smaller, balanced meals. It's the digesting that does it, folks.
deleted_user
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also, I as a nutritionist, I noticed that ysome can't find any inductive factor in Afib trigger - with my back ground, i'm trying some new no risk things - removing from my diet most phenylalanine and tyrosine (amino acids that are precursors to epi. and norepi.).
I may be on to something, not a full solution but perhaps an important and over looked factor.
Mard
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I find that eating a large meal will make my heart beat irregular. Definitely hard alchohol and caffein. I can only tolerate chocolate in small amounts and spaced far enough apart. Also, STRESS is a big factor in my attacks.
Koetsh
Koetsh

Hi all, My first episode when I was diagnosed was after too much coffee so I've stopped drinking it. The other night I had my second episode and had to have cardioversion. This time I'm not sure - maybe as I ate late - we were at friends - or maybe I ate too much!! Its all very interesting to see what reactions others are having here and from what cause!! Take care. x
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi. Anything and everything can be said to bring on an episode of a.f. For as some of us know we can wake up with an episode! I have been on over 8 medications in past, had ablations, EP studies galore, and pacemakers finally opted for Maze procedure while also CABG operation. NOTHING WILL PREVENT A.F. It more than likely could be in a gene. I can only state that do all the recommendations offered by medical community, and hope for the best. Sorry to not be of any positive help as this is only my point of view, and we are all different Most of my medical incounters never seemed to know just how devastating what I/we go through..even stating to me at one time from a prestigious hospital "Mr. ...a.f. will not kill you"..No I replied I will only have a stroke etc.!