Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “HEART RISK“ to remember about the Risk Factors For Atrial Fibrillation
Mnemonic : HEART RISK
H – Hypertension: High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for atrial fibrillation.
E – Elderly: Atrial fibrillation becomes more common with age, particularly in those over 65.
A – Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.
R – Rheumatic Heart Disease: A history of rheumatic heart disease can predispose individuals to atrial fibrillation.
T – Thyroid Problems: Hyperthyroidism, in particular, can contribute to atrial fibrillation.
R – Race: Certain races, such as African Americans, have a higher risk of atrial fibrillation.
I – Ischemic Heart Disease: A history of heart attacks or coronary artery disease can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.
S – Sleep Apnea: Untreated sleep apnea is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation.
K – Kidney Disease: Chronic kidney disease can be associated with atrial fibrillation and its complications.
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