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Can diabetes cause atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Practitioner

A common complication of diabetes is heart disease, and heart disease can lead to developing atrial fibrillation. If your diabetes is poorly controlled (your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be) you are at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Controlling your diabetes is the key to preventing other complications, including atrial fibrillation.

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