Risk of irregular heartbeat affected by race

Risk of irregular heartbeat affected by raceA strong link has been found between the risk of atrial fibrillation and race. Whites with heart failure are at a much greater risk for atrial fibrillation, compared to blacks and Hispanics. Heart failure is a common risk factor for atrial fibrillation and affects nearly 5.8 million Americans.

The researchers reviewed data from over 68,000 Americans with heart failure aged 45 to 95. The group contained a mix of Hispanics, whites, and blacks.


The risk of atrial fibrillation was 23 percent lower in blacks compared to whites, and Hispanics had a 27 percent lower risk compared to whites.
Study researcher Dr. Eric Shulman explained, “[the results are] especially interesting because, despite having many risk factors for [atrial fibrillation], Hispanic and African American patients had a lower risk of developing [atrial fibrillation].”

The study was presented at the at the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco and still needs to be peer-reviewed.

Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article on Heart failure death risk reduced with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).

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Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.



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