Atrial fibrillation 'a stronger heart disease risk factor for women than men'

28 January 2016

A new study has indicated that atrial fibrillation may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease in women than it is in men.

The University of Oxford research examined a total of 30 studies published between January 1966 and March 2015 to assess this trend, analysing data from more than 4.37 million patients in total.

Atrial fibrillation was associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality and a significantly stronger risk of stroke, cardiovascular mortality, cardiac events and heart failure in women compared to men.

The reasons for this remain unclear, but nevertheless underline the fact that more attention needs to be paid to the identification of atrial fibrillation in women.

British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse June Davison said: "It's important that healthcare services for the prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation take into account the different effects of gender on the condition."

Atrial fibrillation is a common yet often symptomless irregularity of the heart rhythm. It is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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