By Steven ReinbergĀ 

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, March 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) — The common irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase the risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that people newly diagnosed with a-fib had a 13% higher risk of developing dementia, the progressive loss of memory and thinking skills. The risk was even higher (65%) among those who developed a-fib before age 65 and in people who did not have chronic kidney disease (20%).

“The health consequences of atrial fibrillation may be broader than originally recognized in certain individuals,” said lead researcher Dr. Nisha Bansal, a professor of…


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