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Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation

Explore the risk factors of atrial fibrillation, including age, underlying heart conditions, high blood pressure, and lifestyle choices.

  • 12 Apr 2024
  • 2 min read

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a condition when the heart starts beating rapidly and irregularly. This condition can cause blood clots in the heart, increasing the risk of complications such as stroke, heart attack, and other heart issues.

Treatments for atrial fibrillation include medications, electrocardiography, and dissection, which actively monitor the heart and prevent complications.

What are the Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation?

The factors that contribute to an increased risk of AFib include:

  • Age:

The older a person is, the more likely they are to develop AFib.

  • Unhealthy stimulants:

Caffeine, nicotine, and many other drugs can damage your heart.

  • Alcohol abuse:

Excessive alcohol consumption can disrupt electrical signals in your heart, which can lead to AFib.

  • Electrolyte imbalance:

A loss of key minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium can affect your heart rate, increasing your risk of AFib.

  • Family history:

You may be at risk if AFib runs in your family.

  • Cardiology:

Underlying heart problems such as coronary artery disease, valve disease, or congenital disabilities increase the risk of AFib. A previous bout of heart disease or surgery is also associated with this condition.

  • High blood pressure:

Uncontrolled high blood pressure damages your heart and affects its electrical signals, putting you at risk of AFib.

  • Obesity:

Being overweight puts stress on your heart and body and can lead to AFib.

  • Medical conditions:

Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, lung problems, and sleep apnea can be associated with the development of AFib.

  • Drugs and supplements:

Some prescription drugs, medicines, and herbs can also cause abnormal heart rhythms and lead to AFib

  • Thyroid disease:

An overactive thyroid can increase stress on your heart, increasing your risk of AFib.

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Atrial fibrillation poses a serious health problem, increasing the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular complications. While some AF risk factors, such as age and family history, are non-modifiable, taking proactive measures can significantly reduce your vulnerability to AFib. In addition, consulting with healthcare professionals such as cardiologists can ensure proper diagnosis and development of management strategies. A health insurance policy plays an important role in supporting AFib risk management and complications, thereby reducing the probability.



Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It may contain outdated data and information regarding the Insurance industry and products. It is advised to verify the currency and relevance of the data and information before taking any major steps. ICICI Lombard is not liable for any inaccuracies or consequences resulting from the use of this outdated information.  

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