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Frankly Speaking CME 166


Alcohol and A-fib: Is Abstinence the Best Medicine? - Frankly Speaking EP 166Guest: Robert Baldor, MD, FAAFP
Music Credit: Richard Onorato

Alcohol consumption has been associated with negative cardiovascular outcomes, yet many clinicians still counsel patients that it is okay in moderation. Past observational studies have supported this idea, showing a dose-dependent relationship between alcohol consumption and the incidence of a-fib. In this episode we will explore the latest RCT out of Australia, which suggest that no level of alcohol intake is safe when it comes to a-fib.


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Release Date: 3/30/2020

Expiration Date: 5/10/2022

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the modifiable risk factors for a-fib
  • Appreciate the influences on cardiac function associated with ETOH intake
  • Learn about the latest data on counseling their patients with a-fib about how much alcohol is considered safe.



Frank J. Domino, MD

Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health,
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

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Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP

Professor and Chairman, Dept of Family Medicine
UMass Medical School/Baystate 

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Alcohol and A-fib: Is Abstinence the Best Medicine? - Frankly Speaking EP 166