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    Can alcohol cause an atrial fibrillation episode?

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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    Absolutely. A sudden intake of more-than-usual alcohol is a frequent precipitant of AF. In some cases AF never occurs outside alcohol excess. Unfortunately even small quantities of alcohol over a long period can increase the long-term risks of AF (although only slightly).

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