12/29/2008

A Dutch study of about 5,700 adults age 55 and older shows current and former smokers were 50% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation over a seven-year period. Data show former smokers had about the same risk of AF as current smokers. The heightened risk for smokers was present even after other factors, such as age, high blood pressure and heart attack history, were taken into consideration.

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