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    Atrial fibrillation and endurance sport practice

    "Patients with a history of endurance sports before ablation (n = 31) developed significantly more atrial fibrillation than controls or those with a history of other type of sports activity after flutter ablation"

    Endurance sport practice as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter
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    AF is still not well understood even by cardiologists. I can remember episodes of AF as far back as 1969 when I was 22 though I didn't know what it was at the time. Surprisingly vigorous exercise almost never triggers it my case. It takes a combination of factors which includes but is not limited to stress and esophageal stimulation (burp that starts very low and takes longer than normal), the esophagus is very close to the atrium and likely expands into it. I'm not too impressed with all the hype about stroke either that pushes dangerous blood thinners. I take a low dose aspirin twice a day. I also take Amlodipine to control blood pressure. It seems to slow my pulse a little and works well to counteract Raynauds in cold weather.

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    AF is fun for me (at age <32).

    mine is sporadic fortunately, and i'm not even sure wtf triggers it to be honest. i've only had a couple of episodes while riding, and lets just say I keep my blood pressure up to prevent spontaneous passing out when it does happen.

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    runs in the family for me, and got much worse when I went over the top cycling. (read trained at the expense of sleep) Triggers for me, #1 lack of sleep, 2, stress and 3 high sugar. Have been reading of a correlation of LOW TESTOSTERONE with afib. Hmmm , endurance sports will tend to hammer the hormones , and a fib hits at the time men's testosterone starts to drop... Also endurance will induce mineral imbalance(calc, magnesium) Lots of mineral loss with endurance. (thus the loss of bone density) low Testo causes, you guessed it , calcium loss from heart muscle....Going for a testosterone test and if low will try natural testo remedies, and sufficient sleep. Afib has nearly done me in as every time I start up training a fibs puts me out for a few days.

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