The surprising benefits of allopurinol

Allopurinol use in elderly gout patients is associated with a reduced risk of incident atrial fibrillation, according to US data.

Allopurinol users had an overall 17% lower risk of atrial fibrillation compared with non-users, the study of over 8000 patients aged 65 years and older shows.

The longer allopurinol was used, the greater the benefit, with a 35% reduction in risk of atrial fibrillation