Study: Family history increases risk of atrial fibrillation

06/16/2004 | Medscape (free registration)

The risk of developing atrial fibrillation is two to three times higher among people who had a parent with the condition, according to a new study. The risk is independent of other risk factors including hypertension, diabetes and heart attack, and the findings are significant because atrial fibrillation has not been previously thought of as a genetic or familial condition, researchers say.

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