Smoking, alcohol consumption increases lifetime risk of atrial fibrillation: Study

May 8, 2018 Off By Web Desk

A new study says that smoking and alcohol consumption increase lifetime risk of a rapid and irregular heart rate, called atrial fibrillation, which can lead to a stroke, dementia, heart failure and other complications.

The reserecher said it is essential to look at lifetime risks in addition to short-term risks, because it may enable early identification of individuals at higher long-term risk and facilitate lifestyle change counseling.

The study involving more than five thousand participants, the researchers identified smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes, and history of myocardial infarction or heart failure as risk factors.

Source: Radio Pakistan