The risk for developing occasional atrial fibrillation is affected by other illnesses. For example, both thyroid problems and sleep apnea are conditions that elevate the risk of atrial fibrillation. People with high blood pressure also have a greater chance of developing the heart condition. Illnesses such as pericarditis, which is an inflammation in the membrane surrounding the heart; sick sinus syndrome, an electrical signal issue with the heart; and diabetes cause more complications for people diagnosed with occasional atrial fibrillation.
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Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Joan Haizlip, MSN, Cardiology, answered
There are many other illnesses that can affect occasional atrial fibrillation. For instance, you might have:
- high blood pressure
- history of a heart attack
- open heart surgery
- congenital heart disease
- thyroid problems
- lung diseases
So your healthcare provider will do a thorough check up and ask you about any other conditions you may have.