Alcohol can trigger atrial fibrillation

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A new study suggests that patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation should avoid consuming alcohol to reduce the risk of AF episodes. Dr Gregory Marcus at University of California, San Francisco had shown that daily consumption of alcohol by patients younger than 60 increases the risk of atrial fibrillation and flutter and that the risk of atrial flutter especially increases with greater alcohol consumption.

So, alcohol is not good for the heart for every one. Marcus and medical student Mala Mandyman University of California, San Francisco) are the lead authors of a study, scheduled for the August 1, 2012 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. In the study patients with PAF had 4.42 greater odds of reporting alcohol consumption.

In patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, beer was the type of alcohol most commonly cited as a trigger. This association may be due to beer drinkers generally drinking more alcohol overall compared with those who prefer wine or spirits.