Atrial fibrillation does not need to be your “destiny.” AF is an irregular heart rhythm that increases your risk of stroke. Be aware of the risk factors and change your future! A study of 15,000+ adults revealed modifiable (changeable) risk factors for atrial fibrillation
- Elevated blood pressure
- Obesity (patients with BMI more than 30)
- Overweight patients (patients with BMI between 25-30)
- Diabetes (fasting blood sugars more than 126)
- Impaired glucose tolerance (fasting blood sugars 100-126)
ONE or more risk factors (above) explained 50% of new atrial fibrillation cases over the 17 year follow-up.
This confirms results of an earlier study. In a 1994 study, smoking, hypertension, diabetes and coronary artery disease were atrial fibrillation risk factors.
If you have ANY of the risk factors above. . . stop smoking AND get your numbers within normal. It is in your best interest. If you have atrial fibrillation you may need to take a blood thinner, watch Vitamin K dietary consumption, and have weekly or monthly blood work for years to come.
Watch your numbers and stay healthy!