October 20, 2017

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Prediction–StopAfib.org Interviews Dr. Emelia Benjamin

StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Emelia Benjamin of the Framingham Heart Study. See a full transcript of the interview at: www.stopafib.org Dr. Benjamin talked about risk factors for atrial fibrillation, including advancing age, gender, high blood pressure, valvular heart disease, heart failure, longer PR-interval, and biomarkers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and BNP (B-type natriuretic peptide). She also talked about how if one parent had atrial fibrillation at a young age without heart disease (lone atrial fibrillation), the risk tripled for the offspring, and how future research is targeted toward developing a better understanding of the genetic risk factors for atrial fibrillation.