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What is lone atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Practitioner

Lone atrial fibrillation is a term that refers to people with atrial fibrillation who are less than 60 years old with no evidence of cardiac or cardiovascular disease. These people also have a low risk for thromboembolism and have no evidence of  pulmonary disease.

You are at risk of lone atrial fibrillation if you are a man and have a disorder such as sleep apnea. Men make up 78 percent of lone A-fib patients. People with sleep apnea are at an increased risk of developing lone atrial fibrillation as are people with increased alcohol use and sleep disorders. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for developing lone A-fib.

Lone atrial fibrillation may run in families as genetics plays a role in more than a third of cases. At least 38 percent of cases have a family link, according to research studies. Even if you do not have a family history of lone A-fib, your genetic makeup may increase your risk factors for developing the condition. Talk to your doctor about your family history and your risk factors for developing lone atrial fibrillation.

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