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Can hypertension cause atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Atrial fibrillation is an irregularly irregular heart rhythm , it can happen when the atrium( upper chamber of the heart) is enlarged.
Hypertension causes the heart to work harder, develops hypertrophy to have enough force to push the blood forward from the ventricle ( lower chamber of the heart); the atrium in turn enlarges to push blood to ventricle and eventually dilates then a-fib develops.

In brief: Yes

Atrial fibrillation is an irregularly irregular heart rhythm , it can happen when the atrium( upper chamber of the heart) is enlarged.
Hypertension causes the heart to work harder, develops hypertrophy to have enough force to push the blood forward from the ventricle ( lower chamber of the heart); the atrium in turn enlarges to push blood to ventricle and eventually dilates then a-fib develops.
Dr. Claude Parola
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Indirectly

Hypertension can cause congestive heart failure.
The increased heart pressures from the congestive heart failure can then lead to distention of the atria and subsequent atrial fibrillation.

In brief: Indirectly

Hypertension can cause congestive heart failure.
The increased heart pressures from the congestive heart failure can then lead to distention of the atria and subsequent atrial fibrillation.
Dr. John Garner
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