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P1136 Women and Heart Disease

Chapter 1: Managing high blood pressure Atrial fibrillation High blood pressure is a major risk factor for atrial fibrillation, or Afib, the most common type of irregular heartbeat(arrhythmia) among Americans. The good news is that it’s possible to live a normal, active life, but you need to follow your healthcare provider’s guidelines. Afib appears to cause more severe health problems in women than in men, and scientists are working to find out why. Women with Afib have a higher rate of nonfatal cardiac events, such as stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure (a chronic condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the body). They also have more risk factors for heart and vascular disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. PLAY VIDEO Women and AFib © WomenHeart. All rights reserved. Used with permission. 20


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
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