Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of holiday heart syndrome (HHS)?

Updated: May 30, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jose M Dizon, MD  more...
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The use of alcohol in general is not recommended, specifically regarding risk of atrial fibrillation. As already noted in the Pathophysiology and Prognosis sections, there is no "healthy" dose of alcohol for prevention of atrial fibrillation. However, this should be balanced with the potential overall cardiovascular benefits with limited alcohol use. Intuitively, stimulants such as caffeine and over-the-counter medications should be avoided initially. However, note that caffeine consumption has not been clearly associated with an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation. [33]


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