May 28, 2017

Is Vigorous Long Term Endurance Sports a Risk Factor for Developing Atrial Fibrillation?

UPDATE: As of 6-10-14, triathletes with afib are still needed. Please contact Dr. Opondo (contact info below) if you can help. ——- The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM), in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, is seeking healthy individuals to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is […]

Psoriasis is Newly-Recognized Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

A new study just presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific sessions found psoriasis to be a significant and independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF) and a stroke risk factor, too. Mild psoriasis increases afib risk by 22% while moderate-to-severe psoriasis raises afib risk by 51%. This chronic inflammatory condition also raises other […]

Obesity Raises Risk of Left Atrial Enlargement and Atrial Fibrillation

A newly published study shows obesity is a major risk factor for left atrial enlargement (LAE), a condition in which the left upper chamber of the heart is oversized. That’s important to people who are concerned about atrial fibrillation (AF) because LAE is a risk factor for afib, stroke and death. Read more: Obesity Raises […]