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Larger women ‘at a greater risk of atrial fibrillation’

10th April 2017

Women who are physically larger may be at a greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation, according to new research.

A study from the University of Gothenburg, which assessed data on 1.5 million women who were followed up for more than 30 years, found that big women had a nearly threefold greater risk of atrial fibrillation than small women.

This trend was progressive and proportionate, with a stepwise elevation in risk with increasing body size. The researchers attributed this to the fact that larger people have bigger heart atriums, which is where atrial fibrillation comes from.

It was noted that this issue affected tall women as well as fatter individuals, despite the fact that people who are tall usually have a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. The report recommended that tall people therefore look to avoid accumulating excess weight.

Professor Annika Rosengren, professor of internal medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, said: "In general young women need not worry about their risk of atrial fibrillation, whatever their body size. For older women and men, being big could be an indicator that you are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation."

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