Atrial Fibrillation Risk Factors
The two main complications from AFib are stroke and heart failure. AFib is also more common in someone who is having a heart attack or just had surgery. A person with untreated AFib is five-to-six times more likely to have a stroke than the general population. Researchers estimate that 35% of patients with AFib will suffer a stroke (unless treated). Heart failure occurs if the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs for blood and oxygen.
Certain factors may increase your risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Those factors include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary heart disease
- Drinking alcohol
- Family history
- Heart disease – such a heart valve problems, coronary heart disease, or a history of heart attacks
- Heart Surgery
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Lung disease
- Mitral valve prolapse or other structural heart defects
- Rheumatic heart disease (RHD)
- Serious illness or infection
- Sick sinus syndrome (a heart rhythm disorder)
- Sleep apnea
- Thyroid disease
If you have any questions about atrial fibrillation risk factors, talk with your doctor.
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