Hello, I am new to this site, and am located in south Florida.
I had a-fib and a-flutter. Had 4 episodes since end of November, 2014. The !st time I had no symptoms whatsoever, other than my BP cuff said my rate was 150. A 6 day hospital stay (could have been 3 days if my case was handled efficiently) including cardioversion completely fixed it for about 14 months. But it came back (again, asymptomatic), and instead of going to hospital ER, I went to my family doctor. He prescribed Verapamil, in which case two days later, 1st thing in the A.M. I was surprised that my rhythm was completely back to normal!
The Verapamil lasted about 2 months. Then I had to go to hospital, because the 3rd time I had serious symptoms (shortness of breath after even minor exertion). They did cardioversion, this time 4 shocks, and it still didn't help, but fortunately 2 hours later, my sinus rhythm returned!!!
But a mere two weeks to the day, my a-fib/a-flutter returned, and a short 2 day hospital stay using medication alone returned me once again back to normal.
During the month I had to wait for my ablation & not wanting to take any chances, I drank not a single drop of alcohol.
I found this study that says moderate drinking does NOT cause AF in patients with a history of AF. Only binge drinking does. So good news for those that hate the thought of giving up drinking altogether!