HealthDay News – Atrial fibrillation is a stronger risk factor for stroke, cardiac events, heart failure, and death in women than it is in men, according to an analysis published online January 19 in The BMJ.

The researchers identified 30 studies with 4 371 714 participants. They found that atrial fibrillation was associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality in women (ratio of relative risks, 1.12).

The team also found a significantly stronger risk of stroke (1.99), cardiovascular mortality (1.93), cardiac events (1.55), and heart failure (1.16) for women compared with men.


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“This study adds to a growing body of literature showing that women may experience cardiovascular diseases and risk factors differently than men,” review author Connor Emdin, a doctoral student in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Oxford’s George Institute for Global Health in the United Kingdom, told HealthDay.

Reference

Emdin CA, Wong CX, Hsiao AJ, et al. Atrial fibrillation as risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death in women compared with men: systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies. BMJ. 2016. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h7013.