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What does alcohol do to heart palpitations?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
See answer.: Alcohol in excess can cause alteration of the heart rhythm. The "holiday heart syndrome" refers to the development of atrial fibrillation brought on by excessive alcohol intake. Other rhythm disturbances such as early beats may be increased by alcohol especially if excessive.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Can cause or worsen: Binge drinking can lead to a number of different kinds of cardiac arrhythmias, including supraventricular tachycardia (svt) and atrial fibrillation. It's so common that it is named "holiday heart." modest social drinking (1-2 drinks) does not usually do this, although there are people who are very sensitive to alcohol's effects on the heart.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2015

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