Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and You

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Causes of AF

Causes of AF

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AF is often related to age, the older you get, the more likely you are to develop the condition. AF is frequently noted after an ‘open heart’ operation. Other conditions or diseases can also increase your risk of getting AF. This does not mean that AF always develops but the risk does increase.

Below are several conditions associated with AF:

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Mitral valve disease (caused by rheumatic heart disease, valve problems at birth, or infection)
  • Congenital heart disease (abnormality of the heart present since birth)
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Dementia

In addition, alcohol and drug abuse or misuse may predispose you to AF. While your risk of AF goes up with the problems mentioned above, many people develop AF for no explainable reason.

There is no ‘typical’ AF patient. AF occurs in men and women, in all races, and can occur at any age. While it can ‘run in the family’, most people diagnosed with AF will not have a family history of the condition. Some events and diseases may make AF more likely, but it can also occur without warning.

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Never delay seeking advice or dialling emergency services because of something that you have read on HealthUnlocked.