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Are there things that are more likely to trigger AF than others?

Are there things that are more likely to trigger AF than others? Types of food? To much exercise, walking, the gym etc

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The answer

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition which causes palpitations often associated with shortness of breath and reduced exercise capacity. There is a list of suspected potential trigger mechanisms. These include other medical conditions such as an overactive thyroid gland, altered blood sugar levels e.g. diabetes, or infection, so it is worthwhile looking to exclude these. Alcohol, caffeine, certain medications, nicotine from smoking, electrolyte disturbances from dehydration e.g. heavy exercise, or too much sun are possibilities. Certain medications and food substances, such as those containing tyramine e.g. cheese, red wine, chocolate, have also been suggested as possible triggers.

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