2007-03-22 Death risk high soon after arrhythmia diagnosis


(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.

Atrial 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, Rochester, point out.(Read entire article)