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Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis May Raise Risk of Abnormal Heart Rhythm, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Study



5/9/2011 6:53:19 AM

People with two common inflammatory diseases stand a higher chance of developing a heart condition that is strongly associated with stroke, a new study suggests. The study, done at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, found that patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis have a 60 percent increased risk for atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) linked to stroke. Pointing to a recent jump in atrial fibrillation cases, one of the study's authors said it was important to understand all the possible sources of the disease.

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