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Atrial Fibrillation: What Increases Your Risk?

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Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, rapid heartbeat that can cause poor blood flow. AFib can increase your risk for stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related diseases. Over 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation. Some people may be more at risk than others to have AFib. Keep reading to find out the risk factors that contribute to this condition.

Drinking alcohol

Alcohol can prompt an occurrence of atrial fibrillation. Binge drinking can also put you at an increased risk.


People of advanced age are at an elevated risk for AFib. Many with Afib tend to be diagnosed after age 65; however, the condition can occur and be diagnosed earlier in life.

High Blood Pressure

Having high blood pressure that is not well controlled can heighten your risk of developing atrial fibrillation.


Obesity can increase your risk for AFib because it can cause pressure to build up in blood vessels of the lungs and, in turn, cause pressure to build up in the heart and induce an irregular heartbeat.

Family History

A family history of increased risk for atrial fibrillation may elevate your chances of being diagnosed with the condition.

Chronic Conditions

Other chronic conditions, such as, sleep apnea, diabetes, kidney disease, and lung disease may increase your risk of atrial fibrillation.

For more information about atrial fibrillation or to schedule an appointment with a cardiac specialist at Doylestown Health, call 215-345-DHAF.

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