October 18, 2017

Does Air Pollution Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

I write and talk a lot about air pollution and heart disease. We’ve known for a long time, from a wide array of studies, that air pollution can lead to heart disease and heart attacks.

Air pollution has always caused my heart to race, but I thought I was unusual in that regard. Apparently not.

A new study talks about the impact of air pollution on the heart’s electrical functioning:

Read Can Air Pollution Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

After reading it, please come back and add your comments to this blog as to what your experience is – has air pollution caused or triggered your atrial fibrillation?

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  1. Reinhart says:

    Had afib since 2009. Triggers are all excersize-related. Latest is air pollution…last 2 times on a light run, we ran under a bridge under massive upgrade construction…800 meters after passing under that bridge, afib started…had to stop as I just could not breath…very scary!!!

    • Brenna Lara says:

      Hi Reinhart,

      Thank you for sharing your afib story and your symptoms. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum (http://forum.stopafib.org/index.php) to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story and experience there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience.

      You’ll need to join to see and participate in the discussion. To do so, go to forum.stopafib.org, and click on the big red button that says, “Sign Up”. Once you sign up by registering your email address, your preferred username, and a password, you’ll receive an email to confirm your interest in joining the forum. Click on the confirmation link in that email, and you are ready to go. You’ll be able to log into the forum, read the discussions, and participate. I hope that you are able to find others to connect with there that can give you advice, suggestions, and hope.

      You can view a how-to video here: http://getinrhythm.com/how-to-register-on-forum
      There are many resources on living with afib that you might find helpful.

      For more information on afib and afib management, we have many resources available to you.
      • News Stories on afib http://www.stopafib.org/news.cfm
      • Patient Resources at MyAfibExperience.org
      • Afib Blog
      • Video Presentations from the 2015 Atrial Fibrillation Patient Event

      Best of luck to you! We wish you sinus rhythm.

  2. I work at the same place for 18 years now me and five fellow co-workers all have AFib we’re all different ages and not related we used a lot of muriatic acid to acid wash the bottom of boats is there a possibility that harsh chemicals can cause A-fib thank you

    • Brenna Lara says:

      Hi John,

      Thank you for sharing your afib story and your concerns regarding the relationship between your afib and harsh chemicals. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum (http://forum.stopafib.org/index.php) to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story and questions there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience. I hope that you are able to find others to connect with there that can give you advice, suggestions, and hope. There are many resources on living with afib that you might find helpful. Best of luck to you! We wish you sinus rhythm.

  3. Is there any research showing mold toxicity can cause afib? Having had trouble breathing since July myself with no obvious causes and my husband ending up in the ER with afib and a cardioversion to correct it in August, led me to mold research. I found out that we have been exposed to mold continuously for the past 24 years. Two different apartments with leaky bedroom windows and mold growth on the backs of our bedroom furniture which we have been moving from place to place seem to be the culprit. Thanks for any info or links.

    • Brenna Lara says:

      Hi Mary Lou,

      Thank you for sharing your story and your concern with a possible correlation between mold toxicity and afib. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum (http://forum.stopafib.org/index.php?) to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience. Best of luck to you!

  4. can inhaling noxious fumes upset controlled at/fib and re-start episodes of at/fib ? Help please !

  5. Jenni Miller says:

    Hi, I drive service buses in the UK. Every time someone lets off an aerosol or deodorant spray I get Afib the same night. It overrides my medication and I have to take time off work for the next day because I’m unfit for work. I presume there is some chemical that my body absorbs that triggers the condition off. It takes a day and a half to recover.

  6. Trina Miles says:

    I have had episodes of a-fib since 2006 and been hospitalized many times because of it. I have found out that alcohol and prednisone are sure triggers for me. Also electrolyte imbalances. But recently I have found my house to have mold and am in the process of having the degree of the mold tested now. Just from my past experiences, for example after cleaning house and mold and mildew from my tubs, that I almost always have an episode of a-fib. I am very anxious to see after removing the mold and stopping the exposure if my a-fib will stop as well. It just came on suddenly in 2006. (Another thing I want to mention is the last 4 times I have went into a-fib, I have been able to take a muscle relaxer (Soma) and go to bed and I wake up converted, which is much easier than a night in ICU or cardio converting. I have attributed this to the relaxing of the heart muscle. Maybe I shouldn’t take that chance but in 2012 I was in ICU six times, which can get quite expensive.)

    50 year old female
    High blood pressure
    thyroid nodules
    perimenopause

  7. morton osborne says:

    I have never had any heart issues until the neighbours went ‘organic’ with their pip fruit orchard and then I had atrial fibrillation (initialy extreme racing pulse 200+ at rest then fibrillation). This is reliably triggered by lime sulfur sprays (CaSOx) i.e. every time this is sprayed which can be as much as four times a week in season.
    This converts to calcium hydroxide, SO2, H2S and H2SO3/4. So it also burns the eyes and throat. A similar effect has been experienced by five neighbours albeit they don’t attribute it to the same cause although they are not in a position of knowing when spraying occurs & not olfactorily very sensitive- one has has 3x catheter ablations & on last got pe’s in the lung and ectopic beats so is in pretty poor shape.
    Is this condition/effect common with orchardists and viticulturalists?
    Given it is caused by specific chemicals, is it possible to neutralise these? Wearing a respirator when hydrogen sulfide abounds minimises the effect.
    Does ablation neutralise causal factors? That my neighbour has ectopic beats again, it would possibly suggest not.
    Medications have had only a deleterious effect.
    Suggestions?
    Answers?
    I am on the list for ablation but really need to be clear as to outcome before subjecting myself to greater & possibly futile additional risk.
    A response to email address would be good so can revisit the site – thanks.

    • Hi there, your story certainly is interesting. I am not sure we have heard similar stories with other orchards, but that doesn’t mean others haven’t experienced the same. You may be interested in joining the conversation over on our StopAfib.org Discussion Forum. To post or ask questions, you’ll need to register. Instructions for registering and getting started are here. Perhaps others there have stories to share.

      Melissa

  8. Sandra Shoemaker says:

    I am 69 years old, and have had afib for 4 years. I had an ablation when I was 66, but it was not successful at all. My afib is controlled most of the time by diltiazem and flecainide. My known triggers were red wine, dehydration, and prednisone, until today. I can now add paint fumes to the list of triggers. My dentist retired, and the offices were completely repainted, inside and out. I was in there for about an hour and 15 minutes when the afib started. I thought the fumes were very strong, and could smell them even at the time my afib started, so I feel confident that was the trigger. It takes me anywhere from 6 to 12 hours for my afib to self correct. I am not on Coumadin, but do take 2 large aspirins per day. I also took an additional dose of diltiazen and flecainide when the afib began, but it always takes an least 6 hours to self correct.

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