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Athletes May Have More Than Twice the Risk of Irregular Heart Rhythm


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Athletes may have more than twice the risk of irregular heart rhythm.

Younger athletes are at greater risk of atrial fibrillation than older athletes, say researchers.

Athletes appear to be almost two and half times more likely than non-athletes to experience irregular heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation), suggests new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

In addition, those athletes involved in mixed sports such as football, rugby, or netball appear to have the highest risk when compared with athletes taking part in endurance sports such as Nordic skiing, orienteering, or rowing.

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