Heart Rhythm Disorder May Be Tied to Range of Ills

work-stressAtrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, is linked to a wide range of health conditions — many more than previously thought.

Key takeaways:

  • A review of more than 100 studies has linked atrial fibrillation to problems such as heart failure, heart disease, cardiac death, kidney disease and death from all causes.
  • The risk of heart failure increases by about five times for people with atrial fibrillation.
  • Medical practitioners need to take steps to minimize the risk of the identified health conditions in people with atrial fibrillation.

Besides stroke, atrial fibrillation was already tied to an increased risk of death, higher medical costs and lower quality of life, the study authors said.

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