Does Lifestyle Impact Risk, Burden and Symptomatology of Atrial Fibrillation?

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Ratika Parkash


Lifestyle Impact Risk, Burden Symptomatology Atrial Fibrillation


Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia, affecting 1-2% of the general population and 8% of patients over the age of 80 years.  The lifetime risk for development of AF is 26% for men and 23% for women.  It is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and cost, but also with an increase in mortality and a six-fold risk of stroke.  The Framingham heart study showed that AF was associated with a 1.5 to1.9 fold mortality risk after adjustment for the preexisting CV conditions with which AF was related. The Heart and Stroke Foundation estimates that 350 000 Canadians are living with atrial fibrillation, and that this is increasing due to Canada’s aging population.  

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