New insights on the risk for atrial fibrillation in children and young adults

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have investigated how preterm birth and fetal growth are related to the risk of atrial fibrillation up to middle-age. The study, which is published in JAMA Pediatrics, shows that being born preterm or large for gestational age was associated with increased risks of atrial fibrillation later in life. Being small for gestational age at birth was only associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation up to the age of 18.

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