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Heart disease of any sort, but particularly heart attacks, can increase the chances of having/developing atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm.
Douglas Severance, Family Medicine, answered
Having a heart attack increases a person's chance of atrial fibrillation. In addition, other heart problems and health conditions may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation. They include:
- Coronary artery disease and previous heart failure
- Heart disease
- Heart valve disease or abnormal heart valves
- Cardiomyopathy, which causes the walls in the lower part of the heart to stretch and enlarge
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure. High blood pressure causes the left ventricle walls to thicken, which alters how the heart's electrical impulses travel.
- Lung disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Any type of electrolyte imbalance, such as too much or too little potassium in the body