Sumary of Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib A new report finds athletes have a much higher risk of atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes.:
- By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain.
- Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can impede blood flow.
- A-fib can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems.
- For the study, researchers analyzed 13 studies published between 1990 and December 2020.
- But when the researchers focused on participants without heart disease risk factors (such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure), they found that athletes had nearly four times the risk of a-fib compared to non-athletes.
- “Athletes have a significantly greater likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation compared with non-athlete controls,” Jamie O’Driscoll, of the School of Psychology and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University in England, and colleagues reported.
- “Younger aged athletes have a greater relative risk of atrial fibrillation compared with older athletes;
- however, exercise dose parameters, including training and competition history, as well as potential gender differences for the risk of atrial fibrillation requires future research,” the authors concluded in a journal news release.