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Is afib really stress in disguise?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

No, but stress is one of the many things that can precipitate it in an already diseased heart.

In brief: No

No, but stress is one of the many things that can precipitate it in an already diseased heart.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No

In brief: No

No
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Dr. Robert Henson
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Dr. James Chapman
Stress can however prove an episode of atrial fib, or indrease your heart rate if already in atrial fib
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

Atrial fibrillation has a long list of possible causes including hyperthyroidism; heart attacks; congenital heart problems; heart valve problems; stimulants like caffeine, tobacco, and medications; viral infections; stress from surgery, pneumonia, or other illnesses; sleep apnea; sick sinus syndrome (the heart's natural pacemaker); hypertension; and alcohol drinking binges.
Stress can exacerbate.

In brief: Not really

Atrial fibrillation has a long list of possible causes including hyperthyroidism; heart attacks; congenital heart problems; heart valve problems; stimulants like caffeine, tobacco, and medications; viral infections; stress from surgery, pneumonia, or other illnesses; sleep apnea; sick sinus syndrome (the heart's natural pacemaker); hypertension; and alcohol drinking binges.
Stress can exacerbate.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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