This is HUGE news!
Overweight people with atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight, according to a landmark study that suggests the lifestyle intervention is a good alternative to surgical or drug intervention.
Researchers from the University of Adelaide found that losing 10 percent of weight, along with managing associated risk factors, can reverse the progression of the disease.
They studied 355 people with a BMI greater than 27kg/m2 who lost varying amounts of weight.
Eighty-eight percent of those who lost 10 percent of their body weight reversed from persistent to paroxysmal or no AF, the researchers report in the journal EP Europace.
The 45% of patients who lost even more weight didn’t require any ablation and a further 37% required only single ablation.
“Without weight loss, there is a progression of AF to more persistent forms of AF.”
The study adds to a growing body of evidence that risk-factor management to treat the primary cause of the disease halts the “vicious cycle”, the authors conclude.
Time to hit the walking track – no more excuses…
You can access the study here.