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What medical conditions can increase the likelihood that you'll have atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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Medical problems not related to your heart can also increase the likelihood that you'll have atrial fibrillation (AFib):

  • High blood pressure
  • Lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema, or a blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • Obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Infections caused by a virus

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter."

Cleveland Clinic: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?" "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?" and "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "When the Beat is Off: Atrial Fibrillation."

Theheart.org: "Diabetes associated with risk of atrial fibrillation."

The Lancet: "Predicting atrial fibrillation - Authors' reply."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter."

Cleveland Clinic: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?" "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?" and "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "When the Beat is Off: Atrial Fibrillation."

Theheart.org: "Diabetes associated with risk of atrial fibrillation."

The Lancet: "Predicting atrial fibrillation - Authors' reply."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

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