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A 23-year-old member asked:

Can atrial fibrillation cause ed?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 21 years experience
No: Afib cannot directly cause ed. Medicines used to treat afib can impair erections and conditions associated with afib such as heart failure, coronary disease also can cause ed.
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 17 years experience
No, but…: Atrial fibrillation is frequently associated with other cardiovascular disease. In patients with cardiovascular disease, damage to the blood vessels is rarely limited to only a single vessel, or even a single organ. The artery supplying the penis is relatively small and relatively easily occluded, and so cardiovascular disease may unify these two problems.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Atrial fibrillation: To achieve erection you have to have enough inflow to the penis and basal constrictors working to damp the outflow. Afib in some people can impair blood flow enough to interfere with inflow, especially in patients with atherosclerotic disease in the pelvic vessels.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can atrial fibrillation affect ed?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
No, but the meds can: Atrial fib should not affect erectile dysfunction in any direct way. However, two classes of medications commonly used to control heart rate in atrial fib (beta blockers and calcium channel blockers) can cause ed, or more commonly worsen ED symptoms that already exist.
Cornettsville, KY
A 18-year-old female asked:

Does atrial fibrillation cause fainting?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Agin: Atral fibrillation can cause fainting in some circumstances but usually doesn't. If you have both you should see your doc for an evaluation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Could atrial fibrillation be caused by valerian?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Norris
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 36 years experience
Probably not: Valerian, a naturally occurring medicinal herb, has mild sedative effects but no known cardiac electrical effects. It has been used in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia among other things, but is not known to be associated with atrial fibrillation.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can tyramine cause atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Michael Taylor
A Verified Doctoranswered
23 years experience
Vasoactive amine: Increased tyramine can cause increases in dopamine, Epinephrine & norepinephrine (particularly when taking a type of drug called an mao-inhibitor). This can result in increased blood pressure, and it can also cause abnormal heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation. The 1st reported case of atrial fibrillation caused by tyramine was in grimsby, england, in 1987.
Longboat Key, FL
A 56-year-old female asked:

How can alcohol cause atrial fibrillation ?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Excess alcohol : Heavy drinking iver time can lead to cardiomyopathy as alcohol works as a myocardial suppressant but even in smaller but usually excessive quantities it can cause atrial fibrillation due to its dehydrating and electrolyte depleting effects. This is often referred to as "holiday heart".

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