Atrial fibrillation risk higher among whites, study finds

10/8/2013 | HealthDay News

The risk of atrial fibrillation in whites was 16% greater than in blacks and 22% higher compared with Asian-Americans and Hispanics, according to an analysis of data involving 14 million people in California. Previous studies have shown that blacks have more risk factors for atrial fibrillation but are less likely to develop the condition than whites. Analyses indicate that the increased risk for white patients is not related to cardiovascular factors such as hypertension or existing heart disease, researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus said. The findings were reported in the journal Circulation.

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