Atrial fibrillation in women is linked to increased risk of cancerBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2982 (Published 27 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2982
- Jacqui Wise
Women with new onset atrial fibrillation may have an elevated risk of cancer, shows a study including nearly 35 000 women who were followed up for around 20 years. The researchers said in JAMA Cardiology that atrial fibrillation may be a risk marker for future cancer diagnoses.1
Atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular complications, but recent research has shown that patients also face a substantial risk of death from non-cardiovascular causes.