What causes AFib to start up? drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, particularly binge drinking. being overweight (read about how to lose weight) drinking lots of caffeine, such as tea, coffee or energy drinks. taking illegal drugs, particularly amphetamines or cocaine.
Who is most likely to develop AFib? The chances of developing AFib increase with age. About 70 percent of people with AFib are between the ages of 65 and 85. The prevalence of AFib is higher in men. However, since women live longer than men, the overall number of men and women with AFib is about equal.
What age do you develop AFib? A-fib can affect any adult at any age. While most patients develop it in their 60s, 70s, or 80s, I also see some young adults in their 20s or 30s with this condition.
Are you born with AFib or does it develop? People of any age can develop AFib — including children (though it is not common). The American Heart Association lists these risk factors for developing AFib (but keep in mind some people develop AFib from unknown causes): Age – The number of people with AFib significantly increases in older adults.