Atrial Fibrillation, also known as AF or A-fib, is an abnormal heartbeat characterized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat. It is the most common type of arrhythmia that affects 2.5 million people in the United States. It is frequently caused by hypertension or valvular heart disease and is often treated with medications or cardioversion. But, a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session had some great news for those with atrial fibrillation – it showed weight loss helps patients with atrial fibrillation.
This study was the first to track the long term affects of weight loss in patients with atrial fibrillation. 45% of patients who lost 10% or more of their body weight and kept it off for four years were able to achieve freedom from their atrial fibrillation symptoms without having to have surgery or take medications.
Those who lost 10% or more of their body weight were six times more likely to achieve long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation as compared to those who didn’t lose weight. Those who lost the most weight showed marked reductions in atrial fibrillation burden and severity. Even those with a 3-9% reduction in body weight saw benefits.
If left untreated atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke or heart failure and it doubles your risk of death. Taking action now can help you live a longer and healthier life.
Our cardiologists have successfully treated patients with atrial fibrillation, and other arrhythmias, for over 25 years.