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Editor's Correspondence
April 13, 2009

Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation Among Aging Runners

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Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(7):719. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.34

I have read with great interest the article by Chakravarty and coworkers1 on disability and mortality among aging runners. Long-term vigorous exercise has been proposed as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation in aging professional and amateur athletes.24 I wonder if the authors could find an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (or flutter) in the medical histories of their study subjects?

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