Venous thromboembolism heightens risk for atrial fibrillation, study finds

01/20/2014 | Healio (free registration)

A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that the risk of developing atrial fibrillation was higher for people with incident venous thromboembolism. Researchers analyzed data involving 29,974 study participants. "Our findings support the concept that right ventricular pressure overload causes persistent right-sided ventricular dysfunction and strain, resulting in atrial stretch and subsequent fibrillation," the study team concluded.

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