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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What health conditions contribute to Atrial Fibrillation?

    What is the probability of developing Atrial Fibrillation (AF) as a result of multiple pre-existing medical/health conditions.
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    Dr Alistair Begg

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Alistair Begg is a Cardiologist with 15 years experience in private practice.He is actively involved in Cardiac Rehabilitation and patient education including a number … View Profile

    The most common associated medical condition without doubt is high blood pressure which progressively over time can produce changes in the structure of the heart predisposing to the development of atrial fibrillation.Doctors are also becoming more aware of the link between sleep apnoea and atrial fibrillation,and may organise a sleep study where there is some clinical suspicion.

    It has also been recently demonstrated that losing weight can reduce the amount of atrial fibrillation,hence obesity is an important condition associated with atrial fibrillation.Apart from these,a check of thyroid function can occasionally reveal evidence of an overactive thyroid leading to atrial fibrillation.

    Certainly atrial fibrillation becomes more common with advancing age,and the more associated risk factors for atrial fibrillation such as obesity,high blood pressure,and sleep apnoea,the greater the risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

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    Katrina McKerlie

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    So if af is worsening from 2-4 episodes a year to every second day and medication isn't keeping it to a minimum is ablasion an option?

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