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MINI REVIEW
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 110-113

Alcohol consumption and atrial fibrillation: Leisure or suffering!


1 Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2 Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio, USA
3 Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Correspondence Address:
Mahmoud Houmsse
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210364

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest cardiac arrhythmia and it is associated with a substantial burden to the healthcare system. Among many of the risk factors of AF, excessive alcohol intake stands out as one of the modifiable risk factors. While alcohol consumption is a leisure that many indulge in, the repercussions on both health and the health economy are not to be under estimated. Alcohol intake contributes to AF incidence although there are differing opinions as to the quantity of alcohol ingestion, which causes AF development. This review article highlights evidence from a range of studies that delineate the effects of alcohol consumption on AF occurrence.


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