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Those With Atrial Fibrillation in Their Family at 40% Greater Risk of Development

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Medline Plus reports that according to researchers in the United States, having a family member with atrial fibrillation means an individual has a 40% greater chance of developing the condition. Cardiovascular problems can leave an individual disabled and in need of long-term disability benefits.

The risk of developing atrial fibrillation is even greater for those individuals who have family members that developed it before turning 65 years old. One of the doctors who worked on the study, Dr. Emelia Benjamin of Boston University School of Medicine, indicated that the risk was then threefold.

This study was recently released online in conjunction with an annual meeting held in Chicago by the American Heart Association.

These findings can make early detection easier, which is important since the condition’s irregular heart beat can lead to a pooling of blood. As a result, individuals may develop a blood clot that can be fatal if it reaches the brain. Additionally, 15% of strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation.

It is estimated that approximately 2.2 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation. If you have been diagnosed with this or any other medical condition that has left you disabled while you are undergoing treatment and recovery, then you may qualify to receive long-term disability benefits.

Disability Help Group represent over 5000 disability claimants. Our long-term disability representatives have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Contact us today at -(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.