Researchers found that the risk for AFib climbed as one’s height increased, with every one-inch increase in height translating to about a three percent increase in risk of Afib–independent of other clinical factors–as compared to those at average height (5 feet and 7 inches).
“Our findings suggest it may be beneficial to incorporate height into risk-prediction tools for AFib,” said the study’s lead author Michael Levin, MD, a Cardiovascular Medicine fellow at Penn. “While current guidelines advise against widespread screening for AFib, our findings show that a certain group of patients–specifically, very tall patients–may benefit from screening.”
..Their analysis revealed that genetic variants associated with height were also strongly associated with Afib, suggesting that increased height may be a cause of atrial fibrillation. This relationship remained strong even after adjusting for traditional AFib risk factors, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among others..