Endurance Sport Practice as a Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter

Lluís Mont; Roberto Elosua; Josep Brugada

Disclosures

Europace. 2009;11(1):11-17. 

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Conclusions

Vigorous physical activity, whether related to long-term endurance sport practice or to occupational activities, seems to increase the risk for recurrent AF. The underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated, although structural atrial changes (dilatation and fibrosis) are probably present. There is a relationship between accumulated hours of practice and AF risk. Further studies are needed to clarify whether a threshold limit for the intensity and duration of physical activity may prevent AF, without limiting the cardiovascular benefits of exercise.

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