- Reviewed by Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
People who increase their drinking in later midlife may raise their risk of atrial fibrillation (afib), a new study finds.
The study included 43,758 people ages 50 to 64 who completed lifestyle questionnaires once in the mid-1990s and again five years later. During the median follow-up period of nearly 16 years, 5,312 people were diagnosed with afib, a heart rhythm disorder that raises the risk of stroke.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
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