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Heart Health

14 November 2011

Heart rhythm disorder linked to stroke

Patients who develop atrial fibrillation -- a heart rhythm disorder -- for the first time while they are hospitalized with severe sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and death, a new study finds.

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who develop atrial fibrillation -- a heart rhythm disorder -- for the first time while they are hospitalized with severe sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and death, a new study finds.

Factors associated with increased risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation in patients with severe sepsis included; being older, white and male; a history of heart failure, obesity, cancer and stroke; and organ failures, respiratory failure and renal failure.

 

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