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Atrial Fibrillation

Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation

There are many risk factors associated with atrial fibrillation. Some of these risk factors can be controlled while others cannot. For instance, you can stop smoking, lose weight or take medications to control your blood pressure. But you can’t do anything to change your family history, your gender or your age. Of course, the more risk factors you have, the greater the chance the risk you’ll experience atrial fibrillation and developing heart disease. Following are risk factors you can do something about:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Excess weight
  • A diet high in fat
  • Excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Taking decongestants or diet and herbal supplements

There are some risk factors you just can’t do anything about. But knowing that they exist and knowing how they can affect your predisposition toward heart disease can help you manage atrial fibrillation.

There are some risk factors you just can’t do anything about. But knowing that they exist and knowing how they can affect your predisposition toward heart disease can help you manage atrial fibrillation.

  • A history of heart disease in the family
  • Congenital heart disorders
  • Growing older
  • Gender (males are at greater risk statistically)

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