Women with AF at higher CV risk

Otherwise healthy women who develop AF are at increased risk of dying from cardiovascular (CV) events even when other risk factors are controlled for, researchers have shown.

Much of the increased risk resulted from cardiovascular events occurring before death, the Swiss team found.

'There is a potential opportunity to improve the outcome of individuals with new-onset AF through both prevention and optimal management of associated co-morbidities,' they said.

A team from University Hospital, Basel, studied 33,000 women without AF at the start of the study. Over 15 years, 1,011 of them developed AF. They had a three-fold higher risk of all-cause mortality and a seven-fold higher risk of cardiovascular events.

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