Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat

March 16, 2015 4:00 PM

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MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat: Losing weight may help restore healthy heart rhythm.

That's the finding from a new Australian study involving 355 obese people with atrial fibrillation. Researchers led by cardiologist Dr. Rajeev Pathak, of the University of Adelaide, tracked outcomes for the patients for four years while they tried to lose weight.

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