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Canada, January 3,  2020  12:10am EST

Alcohol Abstinence Linked to Lower Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence

More confirmation from the NE Journal of Medicine.

Abstaining from alcohol may help prevent recurrent atrial fibrillation, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study.

In Australia, 140 patients with atrial fibrillation who consumed 10 or more standard alcoholic drinks per week were randomized to an abstinence or control (usual drinking) group. Over 6 months, the abstinence group reduced their average alcohol intake from 17 to 2 drinks a week, while the control group reduced theirs from 16 to 13.

Recurrences of atrial fibrillation lasting 30 seconds or more were less common in the abstinence group (53% vs. 73% of control patients). The median percentage of time spent in atrial fibrillation was also lower in the abstinence group (0.5% vs. 1.2%).

While noting some of the trial's limitations, an editorialist writes, "The current study presents a compelling argument for alcohol abstinence as part of the successful management of atrial fibrillation."


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  • Spencer
    Spencer, January 3,  2020  3:21pm EST

    53% vs 73% is not a large difference and the time in AFib is nearly the same. 

  • rfedd
    rfedd, January 3,  2020  5:13pm EST

    I'll drink to that.

  • depotdoug
    depotdoug, January 4,  2020  5:25am EST

    Spencer and Canada,   17 to 2 drinks a week, while the control group reduced theirs from 16 to 13. Significance is an individual understanding, I think understandingly so. I think. 
    In my case May 12, 2011 I suffered my SCA aka sudden cardiac arrest. But didn't go into AFIB condition till 2 years later. Facts #1 cause of my SCA Dx''d NSVT was long term alcohol use, long and hard . I stopped drinking 3 months prior to SCA but the damage was already done ✅ lying in wait in my hearts electrical system to go ballastic AFIB 2 years later. I'm one of the exemplary case study guys that would of sneed this report, skyrocketed it  toward  99%. Saying that I'm now closing in on 9 years of abstinence Feb 12. 
    And no AFIB  since last Cardioversion July 2016.  My next battle now since 09/10 is Advanced Priostate Cancer Metastatic Stage 4, spread to pelvic lymph nodes and some abdominal lymph nodes.  That's enough said. I'll keep exercising twice (2X) a day without drinking.   Wish me good  health in my Cancer fight Spencer and Canada....  


  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, January 4,  2020  8:20am EST

    Both my husband and I have AFib, and our "average" lifetime wine/liquor consumption would be something like one glass per YEAR.  I admire those who cut back or eliminate alcohol consumption -- it's probably a good thing.  And, Depotdoug, we'll pray for your healing from prostate cancer!

    Thumper2 (Judy) 

  • depotdoug
    depotdoug, January 4,  2020  8:57am EST

    Thumper(2) Judy,

    Thank you!  Now into day 18 of Abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) Cancer chemi tab. Had my 2nd Lupron hormone injection Dec10th. Plus prednisone 2x daily. And still exercising twice daily.  Couldn't do any of this if when I was in

    A F I B .....

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