I listened to this webcast this morning whilst cooking up meals to freeze as I return to work next week.
This was recorded late last year after the release of the Australian AF guidelines. There probably isn’t anything new here for AF veterans but it could be of interest for newbies.
One point that was made was around alcohol. I’ve seen many posts here debating whether people could/should drink if it doesn’t seem to be a trigger for them. One doctor stated that “alcohol is a cardiac toxin” and the pharmacist reiterated that “alcohol is not favourable with anticoagulation”.
They also spoke about AF risks associated with obesity, sleep apnea, physical activity and pre-hypertension as well as the higher incidence of AF in people with depression. As we always advise, if needed, make the appropriate lifestyle changes.