A Norwegian study involving about 2,000 middle-aged men has linked prehypertension with the risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Men whose systolic blood pressure ranged from 128 to 138 faced a 50% higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation, while those with diastolic readings of 80 and up had a 79% higher risk of developing the heart rhythm disorder over the next 30 years compared with those who had lower diastolic readings. The findings appear in Hypertension.

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