Alcohol and Atrial Fibrillation A Sobering Review

10 Dec 2016Aleksandr Voskoboinik, MBBS; Sandeep Prabhu, MBBS; Liang-han Ling, MBBS, PhD; Jonathan M. Kalman, MBBS, PhD; Peter M. Kistler, MBBS, PhD

Alcohol is an important risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation through direct effects on the atrial substrate, and by contributing to hypertension, obesity, and systolic blood pressure. Habitual drinking at moderate levels, as well as binge drinking, predisposes to Atrial Fibrillation, with an increase in Atrial Fibrillation recurrence in those who continue to drink. Although a small amount of alcohol is considered cardioprotective, these benefits do not extend to Atrial Fibrillation.

Meta Analysis
5 effects
12 years
900000 subjects

Reported Outcomes

VariablesOutcomeEffectLatency

Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Thrombosis Cardiovascular outcome
Thrombosis
Cardiovascular

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Atrial Fibrillation Cardiovascular outcome
Atrial Fibrilla...
Cardiovascular

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Thrombosis Cardiovascular outcome
Thrombosis
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Blood Pressure - Hypertension Cardiovascular outcome
Blood Pressure ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

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Alcohol Beverage risk & protective factor
Alcohol
Beverage

Atrial Fibrillation Cardiovascular outcome
Atrial Fibrilla...
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

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