What are your triggers?

I have been having an Afib episode every other day now for a week, whereas I used to get the odd episode every few months of so! I don't do any vigorous exercise, have given up the booze and don't drink much caffeine at all.

I'm interested to see what people know or think are their triggers for AF. I know it's not the same for everyone - just curious I guess!

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  • My EP told me not to bother searching for triggers as that way madness lies. You have AF. You will get it. What affects you one week may not the next. It is also important to understand that AF is almost always progressive so getting more and more events it quite normal.

  • Living is my trigger! I have never found anything specific.

  • Ive stopped caffeine completely but have found the main help has been having sufficient potassium in my diet- = no episodes ( yet !) since doing this 18 months ago

  • Assuming your gastro (upset/heavy meals) and stress/anxiety levels are OK, then I would look at supplements next: Mg, Potassium, Taurine and Coq10 - the first three are in Nutri Ultra Muscleze.

    However, you need to stop the AF first- unfortunately medics and drugs needed.

    I am 62 ,have Lone AF and a comprehensive 3 pronged attack with Flecainide, supplements and Lifestyle changes stopped it and suspect all 3 actions helped.

    Good luck.

  • I am with Bobd on this one. I stopped all the 'known' triggers ie alcohol, caffeine, tried to de stress my life and my af seemed to improve and then from nowhere whilst sitting on the sofa, wham here comes another attack. It just happens, live a healthy life but don't obsess - you have AF.

    Sorry this sounds bossy, not meant to be.

  • Ok, I'm with you both BobD and soupersue. I've had enough now and I'm just going to carry on with life as normal and stop stressing or looking for the cause etc.

    Lifes too short - I might even have a beer or two over the weekend, afterall I have been avoiding alcohol for bloody ages to avoid triggering my AF and now I'm back in AF most of the time so to hell with it. Life is for living :)

  • My triggers are alcohol, caffeine, eating a full-sized meal (anything, just the size matters), and annoying things like having to do something I really, really do not want to do (I use that one to my advantage :-) ).

    And I found a new one last night. I was watching YouTube golf training videos and one came on that was very loud, aggressive heavy music and a jittering image. It shocked me because I wasn't expecting that from a golf training video!!! I immediately went into AF which I haven't for some time due to my drugs. Only lasted a minute or two. It hasn't improved my swing either :-( , still rubbish.

    It's good to know your triggers if you have any but I certainly wouldn't obsess about them. I found being tee-total, little caffeine, small meals helps but I'll still eat a large meal if it's my favourite (chilli-con-carne), and just suffer the consequences afterwards. But at least now I know it was the meal, whereas I didn't used to know it was a problem, so got worried about the attacks.

    Koll :-)

  • I have lone AF. My triggers are hard exercise, alcohol, licorice, ginger including ginger tea, possibly chocolate. There are possibly others I haven't tracked down. Some people report cold drinks as a trigger. On the positive side I have added a lot of fresh fruit to my diet, bananas, pears etc. to boost potassium and magnesium intake. It seems to work for me (along with metoprolol). Good luck!

  • I'm starting to better understand now why BobD calls this a mungrel condition.

    I decided to have a few drinks on Friday night being add though I was back in AF anyway, nothing much just two pints and a couple of glasses of port. Woke up Sat morning to a surprise of being back in NSR and still am... Bizarre!

  • Dehydration is certainly a trigger for me, and recently I think it was eating chocolate quite quickly only 4 pieces though, so might not have been that.

  • According to my Pacemaker check I am in Afib 75% of the time. Now that I am on meds (Bisoprolol .25mg and Warfarin 3.5mg) I feel reasonably well which, in effect means that although I am breathless by most forms of movement and feel fatigue I don't feel the chest pressure I had previously. My biggest problem is that I can do so little compared to what I used to do. The activities that usually bring chest pain back seem to be linked to upper body movement, such as, cleaning mirrors etc. I find it very frustrating to be so sedentary but according to what I read from others on this forum I seem to be lucky.

    This site has been a Godsend in helping me come to terms with this condition...

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