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Heart Rhythm Linked With Illnesses, Research Says

Update Date: Sep 08, 2016 03:37 PM EDT
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One of the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, has been linked with a wider range of heart disease, according to a research.

The findings were added "to the growing literature on the association between atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular outcomes beyond stroke," mentioned the researchers at the University of Oxford.

The team reviewed approximately 9 million people related with 104 studies, including 590,000 people suffering from atrial fibrillation, reported Web MD.

The risk for heart failure was the most significant of these associations, rising fivefold for people with atrial fibrillation, the study authors said. However, atrial fibrillation was also linked with a twofold increased risk of heart-related death and a 2.3-fold increased risk of stroke.

However, the study did not prove that atrial fibrillation was the cause of the diseases, but mentioned that it was linked.

In addition to strokes, atrial fibrillation has been already related with an increase in death, low quality of life, and higher medical costs.

Physicians, thus need to take proper action to reduce the risk of these newly related health concerns, along with other health diseases.

The findings were published Sept. 6 in the journal BMJ.

Notably, atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to blood clots, heart failure, stroke and other heart-related complications. Approximately 2.7 million Americans are presently suffering from this condition, as per the records of the American Heart Association.



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