I had my first episode April 2016. I have not been able to pinpoint exactly what triggers it. Sometimes it's stress, sometimes working to hard in the yard when it's hot, sometimes going to sleep.
This website and this community have helped me not freak out too bad so I can keep on living my life between episodes and slow down when my heart is acting like a petulant two year old.
Also, I have weighed their collective wisdoms and decided that for me, I'm going to try an ablation before there is a build up of damage to my heart from these episodes. I, an intensely anti-pharmaceuticals individual, am taking my anticoagulant and doing what I can to ensure a good result. Since I decided on the ablation three weeks ago, I haven't had any Afib, but have felt my heart want to slide into it a couple of times with some strong, irregular beats that corrected after 10 minutes or so. That's also how long I've taken the anticoagulant so maybe that's helping?
Anyways, I'm having my ablation on Wednesday. Prayers appreciated.