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Atrial fibrillation risk factors identified

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Five factors have been found to determine whether patients with symptoms of atrial fibrillation are likely to return to hospital within 30 days of their initial visit, according to scientists.

The three-year study of 832 patients concluded that smokers were the most likely to either die or require hospitalisation, followed by those with inadequate ventricular rate control or those suffering from shortness of breath, as well as patients on beta blockers.

Meanwhile, predictably, the risk of an adverse event increased with the age of the patient.

The findings were published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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