Taller people have increased risk for developing atrial fibrillation

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Taller people have an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular and often rapid heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications, according to a new Penn Medicine study. The research, which reveals a strong link between the genetic variants associated with height and one's risk for AFib, is the among the first to demonstrate that height may be a causal -- not correlated -- risk factor for AFib.
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