What Causes AFIB Attacks?

12 Jul

What Causes AFIB Attacks?

What Causes AFib Attacks?

What causes AFib attacks? Well there are dozens of causes of AFib. In most cases, it is difficult to pinpoint one reason why an individual develops AFib. In most cases, it is a combination of many factors which actually cause and trigger AFib.

As I list all the causes of AFib, you will notice some are difficult to avoid, while others are quite easy. For example, age is unchangeable! However, the likelihood of developing AFib increases with age. On the other hand, lung disease is a cause and trigger, which can be avoided by not smoking. And, diabetes is also a cause and trigger of AFib, which can also be avoided with proper diet.

But, as I mentioned above, it is the combination of multiple factors that quickly or more commonly result in the development or progression of AFib. For example, an elderly person who smokes and has a poor diet is on a faster track to developing or worsening AFib.

In alphabetical order, here are the causes of AFib. Age, alcohol, anxiety, caffeine, cardiomyopathy, cigarettes (nicotine), coronary artery disease, dehydration, diabetes, emphysema, electrolyte imbalance, exhaustion, extreme exercise (endurance athletes), genetic factors (gender, age, family history), heart attack, heart birth defects, heart failure, heart surgery, heart valve disease, high blood pressure, high doses of NSAIDS, hyperthyroidism, illegal stimulant drugs, lung disease, obesity, pericarditis, poor diet, rheumatic fever, sedentary lifestyle, sick sinus syndrome, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation/fatigue and stress.

Interestingly, if you think about it, even the causes of AFib have a host of causes associated with them. For example, anxiety and stress cause AFib. But what are the causes and triggers of stress? Work, family, finances, the weather, among other things can all cause anxiety and stress.  In the end, the stress is the result of the pressures experienced in “normal” life. The key is to cope with the areas of life that cause pressure, so that these areas don’t lead to becoming stressed. And in the event you do become stressed, the key is to participate or engage in the many methods of relaxation and stress management that help overcome this cause and trigger of AFib.

Another example is dehydration, which is a major cause and trigger of AFib. Given the fact your heart is 73% water - it is really important to drink lots of water. But why do we end up dehydrated? Sometimes dehydration is a result of some other issue, and not from lack of water intake. For example, dehydration is linked and caused by diabetes, heart disease, alcohol consumption or excessive sweating - just to name a few. So if these are complications you face, it is even more important to drink lots of water.

There are many direct causes and triggers of AFib, but even these causes are linked to some other part of our life that usually we can control.

As you look to understand the causes and triggers of your AFib, consider your entire lifestyle. I believe this whole body/lifestyle approach to understanding the causes and triggers of AFibis important if you want to live a life that does not contribute to AFib.

MISSION CRITICAL: Manage Your Atrial Fibrillation and Reduce Your Risk of Stroke details many strategies and has helped many sufferers take control of their AFib. I encourage you to take the step and become keenly aware of how your habits influence your AFib. Each day, make changes that will help your heart stay in rhythm and continue to beat on!


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