According to a new study that was presented to the Emergency Department at the University of Utah Medical Center, atrial fibrillation (AF) might be linked to non-accidental falls, or those falls not caused by slipping, tripping or otherwise losing balance due to external factors.
This study analyzed the records of 442 consecutive patients aged 65 and older who made trips to the emergency room after falling down. Of those patients, researchers found that 211 of them suffered from non-accidental falls and 231 of the patients fell accidentally. It was the older patients who presented with non-accidental fall. Those patients also had a history of high blood pressure, various neurological disorders and were taking five or more drugs at the time. Those stats were compared against the patients who suffered the accidental fall.
“In this study, we found an increased prevalence of AF in patients with non-accidental falls compared to those with accidental falls,” the conclusion of this study as published online in Medscape says. “We also identified AF as an independent risk factor for non-accidental falls. Further studies evaluating this relationship including the proposed mechanisms are needed.”
AF is a serious condition that causes the heart to beat in an irregular fashion; the patient often experiences flutters. The condition is treated with numerous medications including the anticoagulant Multaq. Research has shown that Multaq causes liver failure and a worsening of the heart condition for some patients.
If you or a loved one has suffered from liver failure or a worsening heart condition after being treated with Multaq, contact the attorneys at Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Multaq lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your injuries.