Hi there

My dad had a serious heart condition, lung condition and a blockage of the brain, out of breath all the time, couldn't walk anywhere for more than 5 minutes and angina. He ended up in a wheelchair. He did not have AF though, but my brother has it and has had this since he was at school, so very young, he is now in his 50's and still gets it from time to time but his goes back into normal rythmn. Also my Older son has tachycardia and I have AF. So I would say it is not co-incidental, there must be some connection.

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  • There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that there can be a genetic predisposition to AF but as yet no serious studies to confirm that. AF is such a mongrel condition that it is impossible to compare cases on a level playing field if you will pardon the mixed metaphors. Some people acquire the predisposition through over exercise or other high level cardiac work ( fast jet pilots ) whilst couch potatoes are just as likely to get it so there is no commonality. Yes if a family have a particular shaped heart then AF and other arrhythmias may be more common amongst them but there is little science behind it.


  • I've no AF anywhere in my extended family, but my close relatives all came to untimely ends. I consider myself fortunate to have lived long enough to develop cardiac peculiarities.

  • One of my cousins has AF and a common great-grandmother had 'arrhythmia' listed on her death certificate so yes, I think it can run in families...


  • Yes I agree there must be a Genetic link some where there, even though Bob is right with his thoughts.

    My Father had it & two of my Brothers have it. It's a pain so disruptive at times. But pleased I have it not Cancer. Good luck.

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