London: Half of people with atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition characterised by irregular heartbeat, say that foods and drinks exacerbate their symptoms, and caffeine is among the most common.AF is caused by faulty electrical signals in the heart and it raises the risk of stroke five-fold and heart disease three-fold.It`s therefore crucial that it is properly managed and treated - yet studies show there is an average delay of 2.6 years between symptoms starting and a person being diagnosed.Diagnosed patients are treated with cardiac ablation - an operation to burn away the nerves causing the faulty signals that trigger irregular beats.They are also prescribed flecainide, a drug that regulates heart arrhythmias.
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