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gallbladder pain and atrial fibrillation

    I have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I am 72 years old and have had irregular heartbeats for 15 years and are getting more and more frequent. I will get pain radiating from my gallbladder area then the irregular heartbeats wil start..I had my gallbladder removed  3 months ago and the pain  still occurs before my heart goes into atrial fibrillation...my doctors say that they are to separate problems........I feel there is some connection...IS IT POSSIBLE FOR GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS (GALL STONES) OR NOW GALL STONES IN MY DUCT POSSIBLY TRIGGERING MY IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT.......i AM VERY FRUSTRATED AND NEED SOME ANSWERS !!   THANK YOU, PAUL

Dear Paul
I agree with your doctors; there is no connection between your gallbladder and the afib. However, pain, from any source, can potentially trigger afib in some individuals.
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