Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Emergency Medicine


Dr. Thomas Colletti


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia associated with alcohol consumption. Rising rates of alcohol consumption and binge drinking across the nation will likely result in increased rates of AF. This report details the case of an otherwise healthy young male presenting to the emergency department with new-onset AF one week after an episode of binge drinking, consistent with holiday heart syndrome, and managed with pharmacotherapy. The clinical relevance, diagnosis, and unique management considerations for this condition are reviewed, highlighting the potential role of conservative medical management, patient education, and outpatient follow-up.


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