Keeping well (self-management)
There are a variety of situations that can trigger an episode of, or contribute to, Atrial Fibrillation. These can include:
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, particularly ‘binge drinking’
- Being overweight
- Drinking a lot of caffeine, e.g. coffee, tea and fizzy drinks
- Taking illegal drugs, particularly those that stimulate the heart, e.g. amphetamines (‘speed’) or cocaine
Learning to recognise your individual trigger factors and reducing, or avoiding, them can sometimes help to minimise the symptoms of AF.