Irregular heartbeat? Drinking alcohol can trigger heart arrhythmia


According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco, it was found that while heart condition caused by caffeine, lack of sleep and sleep on the left side, alcohol is the only thing that has been associated with cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat heart, be it irregular, too fast, or too slow).

The study was published in the JAMA Journal of Cardiology.

The authors concluded that people can reduce their risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) by avoiding certain triggers.

The researchers were surprised to find that while most of the things that participants thought might be related to their AF were not, the intervention group continued to experience fewer arrhythmias than people in the non-self-controlled comparison group.

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“This suggests that these personalized assessments produced meaningful results,” said lead author Gregory Markus, MD, professor of medicine in the UCSF Department of Cardiology.

“Although caffeine was the most commonly selected trigger for testing, we found no evidence of a short-term association between caffeine consumption and atrial fibrillation. In contrast, alcohol use was the most consistently shown to have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, ”he added.

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that atrial fibrillation causes more than 150,000 deaths in the United States each year, with the death rate rising for over 20 years.

To find out more about what patients consider to be especially important for studying the disease, the researchers conducted a brainstorming session in 2014. The patients said that studying individual AF triggers was their top priority, which led to the I-STOP-AFib study, which allowed people to test for any putative autofocus trigger. It was attended by about 450 people, more than half of whom (58 percent) were men, and the vast majority were white (92 percent).

Participants in a randomized clinical trial used a mobile electrocardiogram recording device along with a phone app to record potential triggers such as alcohol and caffeine consumption, sleeping on the left side or lack of sleep, eating a large meal, a cold drink or following a certain diet, exercise, or something. what else they thought was relevant to their FP.

Although participants most likely chose caffeine as a trigger, there was no association with AF. A recent UCSF study also failed to demonstrate a link between caffeine and arrhythmia – on the contrary, researchers found that it may have a protective effect.

A new study found that alcohol consumption was the only trigger consistently leading to significantly more self-reported episodes of AF.

The individualized testing method known as n-of-1 did not test the triggers chosen by the participants for AF. But study participants reported fewer AF episodes than controls, and evidence suggests that behaviors such as avoiding alcohol can reduce the likelihood of an AF episode.

“We hope that this completely remote, autonomous research using mobile apps will pave the way for many researchers and patients to conduct similar personalized n-of-1 experiments that can provide clinically relevant information specific to each individual,” said Markus …

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