Anxiety can contribute to the development of atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of abnormal heart rhythm in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and rapidly.
Stress and anxiety can trigger AFib episodes or make them more frequent in people who already have AFib.
AFib can also cause anxiety and other emotional symptoms, as it can be a worrying and uncomfortable experience.
The irregular heartbeat and rapid pulse associated with AFib can cause symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain, which can be distressing for some people.
It is important to manage stress and anxiety to help prevent AFib and other health problems.
If you are experiencing AFib and are concerned about the role of stress and anxiety in your condition, it is important to discuss this with your healthcare provider.