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    Is atrial fibrillation a genetic condition?

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  • Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    There appears to be a familial tendency to AF but this is poorly understood at this stage. AF is such a common condition and the main predisposing factors (such as high blood pressure, advancing age, sleep apnoea, alcohol, heart disease etc.) are also very common so it's often just coincidental to see AF run in families. On the other hand there are a number of rare genetic syndromes associated with AF in young people.

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