Latest research from the University of Adelaide shows that sustained weight loss can free patients from atrial fibrillation, without the need for drugs or surgery.
Obese patients who lost 10% of their body weight were six times more likely to get long-term relief from atrial fibrillation compared to those with no weight loss. But the benefits to the weight loss group extended to other beneficial changes in cardiovascular risk factors, such as improvement in blood pressure, reduction in sleep apnoea, diabetes, and general heart function.
The most remarkable finding was that nearly half of the overweight patients who lost 10% of their body weight were free from atrial fibrillation when followed up four years later.
Another interesting finding was that participation in a physician-led weight loss clinic increased the odds of durable weight loss and decreased the likelihood of weight fluctuation.