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Feb 15

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) implicated in Sudden Cardiac Death

People who develop Atrial Fibrillation (AF) are at more than twice the usual risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD); reveal US study findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

A meta-analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) shows that AF was associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk for SCD (defined as death from a sudden, pulse-less condition presumed to be due to ventricular arrhythmia) in the general population.

Authors Lin Chen (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis) and team say that, if confirmed, the research “adds to our evolving understanding that AF is not a benign condition.”

“Not only does AF predispose to stroke, heart failure and death, but the arrhythmia per se may increase the risk of death from ventricular tachyarrhythmia’s,” they add.

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