Marcus: We conducted a study to have the first group of patients with known intermittent arrhythmias that were not atrial fibrillation and we compared how often alcohol triggered their symptoms in that group to a group with known intermittent atrial fibrillation. And we found that after adjusting for multiple confounders, that the atrial fibrillation group much more frequently reported alcohol as a trigger.
Narrator: But due to some of the heart healthy benefits of alcohol, Marcus says they're not recommending against alcohol.
Marcus: Certainly I would recommend against drinking anything in excess of moderation and for patients who have palpitations or who notice they develop symptoms after drinking alcohol, I would recommend against it.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.