Heart & Cardiology/AFib from binge drinking, aka "holiday heart syndrome"
Hi Dr. Tort,
I am 39. From ages 21 til about 6 months ago I would binge drink every single Saturday night (8 drinks typically).
Sometimes I would wake up halfway through sleep & my heart would be beating fast & poundy (probably not 150 bpm but maybe 120??..forgot exactly, it's been awhile). I always thought it was mild dehydration (despite the fact that I was very routine about drinking lots of water).
If what I was experiencing was AFib, could this have:
(1) caused permanent damage to my heart
(2) put me at greater risk for stroke or heart problems (from this day forward)?
1& 2: potentially, but it is unlikely to be AF:
Hope this helps,