New study: Losing weight can reduce and even cure atrial fibrillation

How to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias. Overweight people can greatly reduce symptoms by losing weight. According to researchers from the University of Adelaide and the SA Health and Medical Research Institute, it is even possible to completely cure atrial fibrillation. That's what one study showed.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the SA Health and Medical Research Institute have discovered in their recent research that weight loss causes a reduction in the symptoms of atrial fibrillation.

What is atrial fibrillation?

The study involved a total of 355 participants with obesity or obesity and atrial fibrillation. The researchers found that a 10% weight loss and that the treatment and management of risk factors had a direct correlation with the reversal of disease progression. The researchers explain that common symptoms of atrial fibrillation, one of the leading causes of stroke, include chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath.

Ten percent weight loss can reverse atrial fibrillation

The number of obese and overweight people has doubled in the last two decades. Australia is today one of the most developed countries in the world, according to the study's authors. If these people want to avoid atrial fibrillation or stroke, they should try to lose weight, doctors advise. Already, a ten percent weight loss was directly related to reversal of atrial fibrillation progression.

Obesity is associated with progression of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a progressive disease in which brief, intermittent symptoms initially develop into a more enduring form of the disease, says the study's author, Melissa Middeldorp, in a press release. Obesity and various lifestyle factors are associated with the progression of atrial fibrillation. When overweight people reduce their weight, they have fewer symptoms. As a result, they needed less intensive treatment, which nevertheless helped to improve the results.

Benefits of weight loss

With a record number of obese people in Australia and most high-income countries, this study gives hope that overweight people can achieve a better quality of life through weight loss and reduce their dependence on health services, say the researchers.

The results of the study can save lives

Current research could help millions of people with atrial fibrillation worldwide and possibly even save many lives. The results of the study show that patients without weight loss experience progressive progression to more severe forms of atrial fibrillation, the researchers explain. (qn, as)

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