Many seemingly unrelated aspects of your health can contribute to or be causative factors in the development of AFib. They include heart or lung disease, as well as other conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid disease, and even sleep apnea.1 If you don’t have any of these conditions, but they run in your family, this will also be important information that your doctor will use to evaluate your risk for AFib. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption are potentially significant contributors.2 The common areas of concern are:
The most common causes of AFib are associated with abnormalities or damage to the structure of the heart3, such as the following4:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve disease
- Rheumatic heart disease
- Heart failure
- Weakened heart muscle (cardiomyopathy)
- Heart birth defects
- Inflamed membrane or sac around the heart (pericarditis)
- History of heart attack or heart surgery
Drinking alcohol or caffeine – especially in large amounts – has been known to trigger AFib episodes, along with smoking and the consumption of other stimulant drugs. Dealing with lots of stress and/or exhaustion can also trigger AFib.3
Age, Family History and Other Chronic Ailments
The older you are, the greater your risk for AFib. Some families do have a history of increased risk for AFib, which can also be linked to a history of other chronic conditions such as3:
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid problems
- Sleep apnea
- Metabolic syndrome
- Chronic kidney disease
- Lung disease
If you or anyone in your immediate family have any of these risk factors or have habit that may be putting you at risk for AFib, you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of AFib so you can watch for them4.
1Cardiac Surgery, UCSF, https://cardiacsurgery.ucsf.edu/conditions--procedures/atrial-fibrillation.aspx 2Cedars-Sinai, Atrial Fibrillation, https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/a/atrial-fibrillation.html 3Mayo Clinic, Atrial Fibrillation – Symptoms and causes, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atrial-fibrillation/symptoms-causes/syc-20350624 4WebMd, Atrial Fibrillation: Causes, Risks, and Triggers, https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/causes-risks-triggers-afib
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