What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for
atrial fibrillation include:
- Age older than 60.
- Being white and
- Sleep apnea.
- A family history
of atrial fibrillation.
- Certain other health problems can cause atrial fibrillation. For a list of these problems, see Cause.
You may have certain habits that increase your risk for atrial fibrillation because they can cause wear and tear on your heart. These lifestyle choices include:
- Long-term, heavy alcohol use, or drinking a large amount of
alcohol at one time (binge drinking).
- Use of illegal drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamines.
- Too much caffeine.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
December 14, 2012
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