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Risk Factors

Factors That Increase Your Chances

About 30 percent of those with AF have no risk factors. Factors that increase your chances of developing atrial fibrillation include:

  • Age
    • Risk increases as you get older.
    • AF occurs in about 15 percent of those over the age of 75, but it can be seen in young people as well.
    • As the population continues to age, it is expected to become more common.
  • Heart disease, including history of valve disease, coronary artery disease, heart attack or heart surgery
  • High blood pressure, particularly if it is not well controlled
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, particularly binge drinking
  • Family history
  • Sleep apnea
  • Thyroid problems
  • Pericardial inflammation

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215