Is atrial fibrillation genetic? It can be.

Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, can happen to anyone. But can it be passed down from a family member? The answer is yes.

Having a family member with AFib increases your chances of being diagnosed. Atrial fibrillation that is inherited is called familial atrial fibrillation.

Although the exact incidence of an inherited abnormality of the heart’s normal rhythm is unknown, recent studies suggest that up to 30 percent of people with AFib have a relative with the condition.

The likelihood of AFib increases with age, as well as for individuals with heart disease, high blood pressure or other chronic conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and asthma. Obesity is also a risk factor for atrial fibrillation.

Talk to your doctor if you are concerned that you are at risk for atrial fibrillation. Call 918-592-0999 to schedule an appointment.