Big and Tall Women Are at Higher Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation
According to a recent preliminary study, big or tall women are around 3 times more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than smaller women. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that develops in the atria, the two upper chambers of the heart. The quivering heartbeat increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart rhythm problems.
For their study, the researchers gathered information on women with a first pregnancy (average age 28) from a national birth registry. The registry contained data on women’s height and weight, which the researchers used to determine each woman’s body surface size.
The scientists followed the women for 16 years. During that period, more than 7,000 women were hospitalized with atrial fibrillation. The average age was 49 years. Having analyzed the received data, the researchers concluded that the largest women had 2.6-times higher risk of the condition of compared to the smallest women.
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