Stress And Atrial Fibrillation: Stress May Be A Trigger In AFib

Stress And Atrial Fibrillation: Stress May Be A Trigger In AFib. EKG graph showing AFib“Stress And Atrial Fibrillation: Stress May Be A Trigger In AFib” is something that is explored here. I came across a study that suggests that stress may be a significant trigger in atrial fibrillation (also called AFib and AF). I also suggest some ways to help you manage stress.

This study was done with 100 people who experienced atrial fibrillation and who required hospital assistance. These 100 people were selected at random and asked to complete a questionnaire. This was a structured questionnaire with over 50 questions that covered arrhythmia-triggering factors along with the time that the event started and the symptoms during the event. This study suggests very much that stress may be a significant trigger in atrial fibrillation as determined by these 100 people.

Stress May Be A Trigger In Atrial Fibrillation

One of the findings of this was that stress was the most common factor triggering arrhythmia at 54%. Just over half. That is a significant percentage.

I looked at the chart provided in this study. I noted that the triggers added up to more than 100%. I noted that 15% identified no triggers, so that left 85% that identified triggers, so that means that this 85% identified one trigger or two triggers or more triggers each. I also noted that these were what these 100 people thought after the event were the triggers, so it may not be fully objective however the identified triggers and their associated values are interesting and worth noting.

Physical effort came in at 42%. Tiredness came in at 41%. Any alcohol came in as 34%. Coffee came in at 25%. Infections came in at 22%. Food came in at 18%. Individual foods came in at values between 1% and 5%. These foods were Onions, Nuts, Chocolate, Ice cream, Spiced food, Cream, Strawberries, Fish, Sweets, Beans, Shellfish and Garlic.

The sample of 100 people is too small to come up with any general observations that could be applied to the greater population who experience atrial fibrillation. Nevertheless these observations are interesting. These reported triggers may help you to identify your own triggers if you experience atrial fibrillation.

However I do feel that emotional stress or mental stress may be a trigger in a lot of cases. In any case, if stress is not an actual trigger, having atrial fibrillation may add to your stress so exploring ways to reduce your stress is a good idea.

Nervous System

There is growing evidence that chronic stress can physically alter the emotion centers of the limbic system …
… growing evidence supports lifestyle modification approaches as adjuncts to improve AF control.

The above quotes were taken from the abstract of an article about atrial fibrillation. As you can see from the above quote, the language used is very formal. I find it hard to follow as it is not in what I call everyday English.

My understanding of it is:

Emotional long standing stress can affect physically how the part of the human brain that manages emotions is structured …
… Evidence suggests that good lifestyle approaches can act in partnership with medical science to improve AFib experiences.

I think that anything that helps the nervous system would be a help here. My personal understanding of this is that learning how to relax and practice meditation on a regular basis ideally daily would be a good idea to help the nervous system. If the nervous system is so involved it makes sense to me to reduce as much as possible stress in normal everyday life. And if the nervous system is so involved it also makes sense to me to learn how to relax and practice meditation.

Please note that the above quote suggests lifestyle changes in conjunction with other medical approaches.

Atrial Fibrillation and Stress

If you have atrial fibrillation this can lead to stress. Then this stress may not help your atrial fibrillation. So exploring ways to reduce stress very much on purpose may help on both fronts: With the stress and with the atrial fibrillation.

As stress may be a significant trigger according to this study in atrial fibrillation, as many practical ways to manage stress should be explored as possible.

Some Ways To Manage Stress

Learning about and practicing stress management techniques should be a high priority.

Some stress management techniques include:

  • Meditate Regularly
  • Remind Your Body To Relax
  • Interrupt A Thought Process

More detail about each of the above Stress Management Techniques along with more Stress Management Techniques can be found here.

Conclusion

Stress And Atrial Fibrillation: Kardia Mobile Instant Result: Possible Atrial FibrillationNow that you understand that stress may be a trigger in atrial fibrillation, you understand the importance of reducing your stress while at the same time you are managing your atrial fibrillation. It is important that you manage your atrial fibrillation in conjunction with your doctor and your cardiologist.

Some ideas to manage stress include the importance of getting enough quality sleep every night along with doing as many agreeable stress management techniques as you find appropriate. One very useful stress management technique is meditation. Consider doing meditation every day if this is not part of your daily routine. You could start doing three to four minutes of meditation daily and then build that up over time.

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Kardia Mobile is FDA cleared to detect atrial fibrillation.

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14 thoughts on “Stress And Atrial Fibrillation: Stress May Be A Trigger In AFib”

  1. Hi David,

    Thanks so much for this article on stress. I really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot. I personally often feel stressed even though my life actually isn’t that stressful. But it is definitely not because of a lack of sleep because I sleep a lot! Almost too much. I think I might give meditation a try. 

    Keep up the great work.

    • Hi Los,

      Just be careful that you do not get too much sleep. That can also not help.

      Meditation is a great activity. It can be like hitting the “pause” button. It gives you a chance to recharge and refocus. I highly recommend it and once you learn it and practice it for a while, you have a new life long new skill that is sure to help you with your life. I sometimes do “mini-meditations” when waiting. It helps to spend “wasted” time well.

      May you get the right amount of quality sleep every night Los.

      Peace,
      David

  2. I can fully relate with this topic because I currently battle with the effects of stress on a daily basis. Chronic insomnia is one of the reasons I am stressed. To me it’s a vicious cycle: I don’t sleep because of stress, and stress makes me sleepless. I have been under several medications, but quickly develop tolerance for them. I haven’t heard about Atrial Fibrillation before. I guess I have to dig deeper into the subject. Maybe combining therapy with meditation will offer some relief.

    • Hi there,

      Atrial Fibrillation is a heart condition. If you have any heart related or other health concerns you should consult your doctor.

      Please take a moment to check out my Sleep article as I discuss over 14 different natural ideas which you might want to do. If just one of them helps a bit, that is a win for you. And you have over 14 different natural ideas to explore. No doubt you may have already tried a number of them. Maybe combining a number of them at the same time may help.

      I practice meditation every day, and I also practice “meditation” in bed before falling asleep most nights. I find that this approach works for me. I discuss this approach in my Sleep article.

      May you be free from stress. May you get enough sleep every night.

      Peace,
      David

  3. Thank you for sharing with us this great article on stress management.We always find situations which stress us and that’s too bad to our health.

    Meditation ans sleep well can be of big help to manage stress.

    It is a good thing that we can test our level of stress with Kardia mobile and we can avoid the stress effects before they appear.

    • Hi Julienne,

      In my view it is important to have as many different effective ways to manage and reduce stress as much as possible to help us with our wellbeing and health.

      Kardia Mobile is a great way to get EKGs which in turn may show heart related problems which should be followed up with your doctor or your cardiologist. Even if someone gets EKGs in hospital, those EKGs show how the heart was performing during that very short period of time.

      So someone could have a heart problem that does not appear during that time. This is where the Holter Monitor comes in. This is where you wear a Holter Monitor for 24 hours or 48 hours. This captures heart related information during that time. Again, it is possible that a heart problem does not appear during that time.

      Doctors and cardiologists use the results of medical tests along with what the patient reported to come to a medical diagnosis. So someone who has a potential heart condition could use Kardia Mobile during an event to capture an EKG. The result of that EKG determines the next move.

      Kardia Mobile is cleared by the FDA so any EKGs it generates have to be taken seriously by medical professionals in the United States.

      May you be free from stress Julienne,

      Peace,
      David

  4. Thanks for sharing this informative and educative post on how to manage stress. This post has save a life and that’s mine because I’m not aware of these ways to manage stress. Last week I was totally down and when our family doctor came after some checks he told me to free myself from stress, but how will I do that because it is a must for me to do my everyday job so I can earn money. Reading this post has taught me what to do . 

    • Hi Lok,

      Thank you for letting me know that you find this article informative and educational.

      Please take a moment to check out my Stress Management Techniques article as I discuss over 14 different Stress Management Techniques in it. You are sure to learn about techniques that may help you with your stress.

      May you manage your stress successfully and enjoy life Lok.

      Peace,
      David

  5. I agree that not sleeping well becomes a vicious cycle becuase I don’t sleep well at all, then I nap during the day because I’m too tired. Then I can’t sleep the next night, and it goes on like this. My body is used to not sleeping well so I never sleep well, over 2 years it’s been like this now. I can imagine lack of sleep causes many complications. 

    • Hi Jayde,

      Please take a moment to check out my Sleep article as I discuss over 14 different natural ideas which you might want to do. If just one of them helps a bit, that is a win for you. And you have over 14 different natural ideas to explore. No doubt you may have already tried a number of them. Maybe combining a number of them at the same time may help.

      I practice meditation every day, and I also practice “meditation” in bed before falling asleep most nights. I find that this approach works for me. I discuss this approach in my Sleep article.

      You may need to consult your doctor Jayde about your sleep habits if it does not resolve after reading my Sleep article and following a few of those suggestions.

      Maybe take a walk during the day instead of napping may help.

      May you be kind to yourself in the process of learning new sleep habits,
      May you get enough sleep every night Jayde.

      Peace,
      David

  6. Hi David,

    This is a very indepth report on how stress can cause Atrial Fribulation. 

    I am a firm believer in getting the best sleep as well as enough sleep, at least eight hours a night.  Without this the body is at risk of stress and many related symptoms. Having found your site I am interested in your review on meditation as I believe this helps imensley. 

    Thank you for sharing this information. 

    Debs. 

    • Hi Debs,

      After showing that stress may be a significant trigger in Atrial Fibrillation, I wanted to provide information on ways to manage stress. Getting enough quality sleep every night helps the body to recover and recharge for the next day. Learning about as many different effective ways to manage stress is important so that a number of them are practiced on a regular basis.

      Meditation is a great activity. It can be like hitting the “pause” button. It gives you a chance to recharge and refocus. I highly recommend it and once you learn it and practice it for a while, you have a new life long new skill that is sure to help you. I practice meditation every day and I also practice “meditation” in bed before falling asleep most nights. I find that this approach works for me. I discuss this approach in my Sleep article.

      May you get enough quality sleep every night Debs,

      Peace,
      David

  7. Hi David! After checking these facts concerning these 100 persons interviewed, (I do admit 100 is a small number) I really find interesting that more than half associated their AFib to stress.

    I think one of the main points to control stress is to get enough sleep. I’ll also check your post on that topic. It’s one of my main resolutions for this 2019. Thank you very much for sharing the results of this study.

    • Hi there,

      Yes, like you I think that the small sample of 100 people is too small to come to any overall conclusion about these findings for most if not all Atrial Fibrillation sufferers, however the information is interesting as over half indicated that they felt that stress was a trigger in their Atrial Fibrillation which is significant.

      Controlling stress in my view involves doing a number of different stress management techniques very much on purpose on a regular basis:
      Getting enough quality sleep every night
      Practicing meditation every day
      Going for walks when the weather permits every day
      Eating Well and eating a varied diet of “good things” every day
      Laughing every day

      These all help along with many other stress management techniques.

      May you control your stress.

      Peace,
      David

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