A study released from Norway following thousands of people revealed that those who had “benign” heart palpitations as well as high blood pressure were alarmingly at risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
How worrisome were the numbers?
More than 20,000 people were followed over a period of 11 years, with ages ranging from 25 to 96.
The results, after looking at a combination of factors contributing to stroke-causing atrial fibrillation, showed that women with both hypertension and showing heart palpitations were over 80% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.
Men were over 90% more likely. While the researchers were wary to formally announce a causal relationship, other experts commenting on the study were quick to acknowledge causality.