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Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Rhythm Disorders

Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia that affects people over the age of 60. The prevalence may be as high as 15% of all patients over the age of 60, and is predicted to increase. Atrial fibrillation can increase the risk of stroke depending on underlying risk factors. Those include age (over 65), female gender, history of prior stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and presence of vascular disease.

Another type of arrhythmia, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), is an abnormal electrical pathway that causes the heart to beat rapidly.