Is Atrial Fibrillation Hereditary?

BY TEAM FOURTH FRONTIER DESK

Some studies have shown that there may be a genetic component to AFib, as the condition tends to run in families.

Recent studies have shown that up to 30 percent of all people who have atrial fibrillation without an identified cause have a history of the condition in their family.

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Research has proved that development of AFib in the next generation was independently associated with parental AFib.

The offspring cohort was restricted to those under the age of 75 and without a history of heart disease.

Research suggests that certain genetic mutations may increase the risk of AFib, although the specific genes and how they contribute to the condition are not yet fully understood.

Some studies have found that certain ethnicities, such as African Americans and Hispanic Americans, may be at increased risk of AFib.

It is important to speak with a healthcare provider about the potential risk factors for AFib, as well as any family history of the condition.

While AFib may have a genetic component, it is important to remember that it can also be caused by a variety of other factors and can be managed with proper treatment.