(Reuters Health) - Current smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop the most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, suggests an analysis of existing research. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk, but quitting smoking appears to lower it significantly, the authors report in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “The prevalence of atrial fibrillation has been projected to increase over the next decades and it is an important risk factor for a number of other cardiovascular diseases and premature mortality,” lead author Dagfinn Aune told Reuters Health by email. “Tobacco smoking has been proposed as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, but previous studies have not been summarized in sufficient detail to answer whether there is a dose-response relationship between increasing number of cigarettes smoked per day,” said Aune, a researcher with the School of Public Health at Imperial College London in the UK. Aune’s … [Read more...] about Smoking linked to increased atrial fibrillation risk
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A study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raises important questions about the implications of widespread screening for atrial fibrillation — our most common abnormal heart rhythm (or, “arrhythmia”). Atrial fibrillation (“AF” or “AFib” for short) is an irregular beating of the heart’s two upper chambers, and is considered a risk factor for stroke. The study looked at diagnosing AF — not by the traditional electrocardiogram (ECG) performed during an office visit — but by using a wearable, self-applied ECG patch; specifically, in people over age 55 at high risk for developing the arrhythmia. The study found that at 4 months Afib was diagnosed in 53 out of 1,366 patients wearing the patch (3.9%) compared with 12 out of 1,293 patients (0.9%) in the control group; an absolute difference of 3%. After a full year the rate of AF diagnosis more than doubled in the monitored group (from 2.6 to … [Read more...] about Screening for atrial fibrillation with a wearable patch: Seek and ye shall find … and then what?
(Reuters Health) - Even when the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation goes away after treatment, patients’ risk of stroke may still be higher than average, a large UK study suggests. Researchers examined health records collected between 2000 and 2016 for 15,059 people with ongoing atrial fibrillation, 11,159 people with “resolved” atrial fibrillation whose heart rhythm had returned to normal, and a control group of 22,266 people who were never diagnosed with the heart rhythm disorder. People with resolved atrial fibrillation were 24 percent less likely to have a stroke than patients with continued arrhythmia, the study found. But people with resolved atrial fibrillation were still 63 percent more likely to have a stroke than individuals who had never been diagnosed with the condition. “This may be because the atrial fibrillation had not really gone away and just became more intermittent, or it may be because it had gone away but … [Read more...] about Even ‘resolved’ atrial fibrillation carries increased stroke risk
NURSES and bus drivers are half more likely to suffer from a deadly heart condition, research shows. It reveals stressed workers were at 48 per cent higher risk of atrial fibrillation. Around two million Brits have the condition, which causes a dangerously irregular heartbeat. It is responsible for up to a third of all strokes, and also raises the chances of heart failure. It can also cause blood clots, which some experts think may appear in the brain and trigger dementia. Swedish experts said the most stressful jobs are mentally taxing, but give employees little control over their day - such as assembly line workers, bus drivers, secretaries, and nurses. Lead researcher Dr Eleonor Fransson, from Jönköping University, said: “Employees with stressful jobs were almost 50 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation. We need people to do these jobs but employers can help by making sure staff have the resources required to complete the assigned tasks. “Bosses … [Read more...] about Nurses and bus drivers are almost 50 per cent more likely to have the killer heart condition atrial fibrillation
(Reuters Health) - Following practices recommended for “optimal” heart health may also reduce the risk of developing a serious heart-rhythm disorder, researchers say. A large U.S. study that followed middle-aged men and women for about 25 years found that those who stuck most closely to a list of seven heart-healthy practices were over 60 percent less likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those who met few or none of the list’s criteria. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the U.S., affecting about 2 million people, the study authors note in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “A heart rhythm disorder is something where your heartbeat is not beating regularly, so whenever your heartbeat is not beating regularly, it’s called an arrhythmia. That’s a big deal, because this arrhythmia, if untreated, can lead to stroke,” lead author Dr. Parveen Garg said in a telephone interview. “We know that … [Read more...] about Improving overall heart health may reduce risk of atrial fibrillation