Alcahol and svt

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Does anyone else with svt get palpitations the day after drinking alcahol? I keep reading this is common in people with afib.

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    Hi Alastaire. Doctors tend to err on the side of caution and tell SVT folk to avoid alcohol, cigarettes etc. 

    It seems triggers vary quite a lot from person to person.

    Personally, my most certain SVT triggers were cafffeine (even decaff), sudden bending movements, and delayed response to mental or emotional stress.

    I used to smoke and drink alcohol when I had SVT and found no evidence whatsoever that these were triggers IN MY CASE. Actually, I found my SVT was more frequent when I was off both for serveral months. So I did not avoid these on account of SVT. 

    But alcohol could be a trigger for you. Might be worthwhile avoiding it for a little while to see if SVT becomes less frequent? If not, then you might not need to abstan....


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    Not only the day after but during as well. After no alcohol consumption for 30 years, my wife and I began a to drink again. After a couple of years, my SVT episodes increased, they were harder to stop, and the duration was much longer. We totally quit and now I'm slowly returning back to normal and haven't had one episode since. Alcohol is extremely bad for the heart, unless, you can only drink a very small amount. And those with SVT will be more prone to the bad effect, especially as we age.

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