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    Can uncontrolled Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) lead to atrial fibrillation?

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    Dr David O'Donnell

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    A graduate of the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1993, Dr David O’Donnell was the recipient of 9 undergraduate awards including the Association of … View Profile

    This is very interesting question because even mild degrees of high blood pressure can lead to atrial fibrillation, and certainly uncontrolled hypertension can lead to atrial fibrillation. We know that one of the most common causes of atrial fibrillation is increased stretch or increased pressure in the atria of the heart, and one of the most common causes of this is high blood pressure.

    In most of our patients who have atrial fibrillation, we find a degree of blood pressure and the more uncontrolled this is, certainly the higher the risk of atrial fibrillation.

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