New study: dieting can reduce atrial fibrillation, and even heal

How can it be reduces the risk for atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common heart rhythm disorders. Anyone who is overweight, it can reduce symptoms by weight loss significantly. It was, according to researchers from the University of Adelaide and SA Health and Medical Research Institute even possible for atrial fibrillation to heal completely. The showed a study.

The scientists from the University of Adelaide and SA Health and Medical Research Institute found in their recent study, that a reduction in weight leads to a decrease in the symptoms for atrial fibrillation.

People with atrial fibrillation have an increased risk of various dangerous diseases. Obese people can reverse your risk for atrial fibrillation, however, by reducing your weight. (Image: Henrie/

What is atrial fibrillation?

For the study, a total of 355 participants were examined who were suffering from obesity or Overweight and atrial fibrillation sick. The researchers found that a weight loss of ten per cent, and the treatment and Management of risk factors had a direct connection with the reversal of the disease process. Common symptoms of atrial fibrillation, one of the main causes for a stroke, for example, chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath, explain the scientists.

A weight loss of ten percent can reverse atrial fibrillation

The number of obese and overweight people has doubled in the last two decades. Australia now belongs to the industrial countries with the fattest residents, explain the authors of the study. If such people want to avoid that you have atrial fibrillation or suffer a stroke, you should try to lose weight, rates of the doctors. Already a weight loss of ten per cent had a direct link to reverse the progression of atrial fibrillation.

Obesity is associated with the Progression of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a progressive disease that initially short, intermittent develop symptoms to a sustainable Form of the disease, explains study author Melissa Middeldorp, from the University of Adelaide in a press release. Obesity and various lifestyle factors are associated with the Progression of atrial fibrillation. When obese people reduce their weight, they suffered less symptoms. This meant that they needed a less intensive treatment, which led to improved results.

Benefits of weight loss

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

Results of the study can rettten people

The current study could contribute to help millions of people with atrial fibrillation around the world, and to potentially save many lives. The results of the study show that in patients without weight loss in a gradual Progression in more severe forms of atrial fibrillation, explain the scientists. (sb, as)