Answers to Common Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about atrial fibrillation.

How can I avoid an atrial fibrillation (A Fib) episode?

Premier Health’s Dr. Kevin Kravitz discusses how to avoid an atrial fibrillation (A Fib) episode. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Atrial fibrillation (A Fib) is an abnormal heart rhythm caused by disorganized electrical signals that originate in the upper chambers of the heart (atria). For some people, atrial fibrillation is persistent or permanent. For others, symptoms like heart palpitations, shortness of breath and dizziness may be intermittent. Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately predict when these symptoms may occur or completely prevent an episode.

However, there are some known triggers that may be avoided to decrease the likelihood of an atrial fibrillation episode. These triggers include:

  • Stimulants, including caffeine and some decongestants
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Stress

Lifestyle changes that minimize these triggers can be very effective in reducing symptoms of atrial fibrillation for some people. If these lifestyle changes do not provide enough relief from A Fib symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medications to address your heart rate, heart rhythm or underlying conditions that may be causing atrial fibrillation. Surgical procedures may also be recommended to cure the arrhythmia or significantly decrease episodes and symptoms.

Speak with your health care provider to learn about options to manage your atrial fibrillation.

Learn more:

Source: Kevin Kravitz, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Mark E. Krebs, MD, Miami Valley Cardiologists; Abdul Wase, MD, The Premier Heart Associates; Sameh Khouzam, MD, Dayton Heart Center

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