afib, is there a genetic predisposition to it?

clj01
By clj01 Latest Reply 2011-05-30 09:05:49 -0500
Started 2011-05-29 22:00:46 -0500

After my first visit with my EP, I called my sister to let her know what was going on. As we talked and I described my symptoms and the treatment the doctor was starting me on, she told me that that was what my mother had. She said that she used to take my mom in frequently for cardioversion. So my question is: was there a genetic factor to my developing afib?


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re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-05-30 06:29:56 -0500 Report

Some may say yes, but in my family, no one had any heart problems. The majority of family members lived into their late 80's, with the exception of my father who pasted away at the age of 55, with diabetes complications.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-30 09:04:28 -0500 Report

re1ndeer,

Excellent observation! Keep in mind that, in some cases, genetics represent only a small portion of the risk, perhaps only 20%, while environmental factors (like diet, exercise, smoking, etc.) account for the larger portion of risk.

HH

temp lady
temp lady 2011-05-30 05:33:02 -0500 Report

In March of this year on the 18th, i was sent packing to the hospital because i was in afib. Way back in 1981 i went to the hospital with afib. i have avoided cardioversion. Now my 87 year old mom has no heart problems, her parents however both had heart attacks. My oldest brother has not had any heart problems, but my next to the oldest brother has had one bout with afib. both brothers are half brothers, and we all share our mom. So i'd say yes they definetley do run in families.