(Reuters Health) - People who are diagnosed for the first-time with a dangerous heart rhythm disturbance called atrial fibrillation have a significantly greater early risk of dying compared with those without this condition, Minnesota-based researchers report.
Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart's upper chambers quiver instead of beating regularly. This arrhythmia increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, cognitive impairment and death.
fibrillation is a growing public health problem, but little is known about the
overall mortality trends of these patients after diagnosis, Dr. Teresa S. M.
Tsang and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic,