Irregular heart beat associated with wide range of serious events
Atrial fibrillation is linked to a wider spectrum of serious conditions than previously thought, suggests research led by Oxford University.
In collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, the researchers analysed the results of 104 studies involving nine million participants, 587,867 of whom were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF).
AF was associated with an increased risk of a range of outcomes, including all-cause mortality, ischaemic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
Absolute risk increases included 6.6 events per 1,000 participant years for chronic kidney disease and 11 events per 1,000 participant years for heart failure; the highest among the outcomes examined.
The researchers said the danger of many cardiovascular events is greater than that of stroke – a known risk of AF –...
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