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Alcohol Induced Cardiac Arrhythmia Overview

Another name for Alcohol Induced Cardiac Arrhythmia is Holiday Heart Syndrome.

What is holiday heart syndrome?
A person with holiday heart syndrome has an abnormal heart rhythm, caused by the consumption of alcohol. Holiday heart syndrome is a disturbance in the normal heartbeat that is caused by the toxic effect of alcohol on the heart. The most common abnormal rhythm that occurs in someone with holiday heart syndrome is atrial fibrillation.

What are the symptoms of holiday heart syndrome?
Symptoms of holiday heart syndrome may include a rapid pulse, irregular heartbeat, or palpitations.

How does the doctor treat holiday heart syndrome?
In most cases, the cardiac arrhythmia resolves within 24 hours, as the alcohol is metabolized by the body. Those with holiday heart syndrome should avoid alcohol and other stimulants, such as caffeine.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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