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Increased Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Possible in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

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Patients with specific types of cancer, including pancreatic, are at an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a presentation at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC) virtual meeting.

Previous studies have shown that cancer in general puts people at a greater risk for developing AFib but this study is the first to look at the risk for specific cancers.

Researchers identified a cohort of 143,2111,398 from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) and used Pearson chi-square and binary logistic regression analysis to assess the association of individual cancer types with AFib.

Patients who developed AFib had a statistically significant association between prostate (3.60%), lung (2.78%), colon (2.27%), breast (3.31%), pancreas (0.28%), leukemia (0.98%), non-Hodgkins lymphoma (1.18%), Hodgkins lymphoma (0.10%) and thoracic (0.03%) (P = .001).

For all cancers included in the study, the odd of AFib were 2.35-fold greater.

When examining adjusted risk for each cancer type, patients with pancreatic cancer had 0.94-fold increased risk of having AFib.


Prevalence of atrial fibrillation with cancers and associated mortality: a retrospective study. Presented at: ACC.20/WCC.