ARTICLE: Risk Factor Modification Reduces Atrial Fibrillation

AUTHORS: Thomas M. Das, Rachit M. Vakil, Roger S. Blumenthal

JOURNAL: Circulation. 2020 Mar 9. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000748.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, with approximately 5 million new cases diagnosed worldwide each year. The rising incidence of atrial fibrillation is related to the increasing prevalence of risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. Recent studies have shown that targeting these risk factors has a positive impact on reducing AF burden. The AHA Scientific Statement entitled “Lifestyle and Risk Factor Modification for Reduction of Atrial Fibrillation” reviews the current data regarding potential effects of risk factor intervention on primary (AF risk or incidence reduction) and secondary (AF burden reduction) prevention of AF.

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