Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Some people who are living healthy lives and have no other medical problems do develop Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). The most common risk factors include:

  • Older than 60 years of age
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pericardial inflammation
  • Prior heart attacks
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Structural heart disease (valve problems or congenital defects)
  • Prior open-heart surgery
  • Untreated atrial flutter (another type of abnormal heart rhythm)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Excessive alcohol or stimulant use
  • Serious illness or infection



The AFib Risk Assessment is an interactive tool designed to help individuals estimate their risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib). Many individuals living with AFib have no symptoms and are unaware of their condition until they are suffering from complications, which may require emergency treatment.

Learn your risk by using this online tool! It's fast and easy - simply answer a few questions regarding your health and get your results. After you have finished using the AFib Risk Assessment, please consult with your physician regarding your results.

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