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Who is more likely to get atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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Your risk increases, especially after age 60. As people grow older, they're more likely to develop heart disease and other conditions that can cause atrial fibrillation (AFib).

If someone in your close family had or has it, there's a greater risk for you, too.

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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