Fat patients with an irregular heartbeat can REVERSE by losing weight

Fat people with an irregular heartbeat can reverse the condition simply by losing weight, a landmark study has found.

Around one million people in Britain and up to six times as many in the US suffer from atrial fibrillation, which can cause a stroke and heart failure. 

But researchers have now found shedding the pounds for heart flutter patients can reverse the effects of the deadly condition.

They claimed a 10 per cent loss in weight is all it takes - the equivalent of a 13st patient losing 1st 7lbs.

Around one million people in Britain and up to six times as many in the US suffer from atrial fibrillation, which can cause a stroke and heart failure

Around one million people in Britain and up to six times as many in the US suffer from atrial fibrillation, which can cause a stroke and heart failure

The findings, made by Australian scientists, offer the first evidence that losing weight can help overweight patients with an irregular heartbeat.

Researchers at Adelaide University and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute made the discovery.

More than 350 overweight and obese people were included in the study, published in the medical journal Europace.

Researchers led by Dr Melissa Middeldorp found just a 10 per cent drop in weight was all it took to reverse progression of the disease. 

Patients who lost weight also experienced fewer symptoms, required less treatment and had better outcomes.

And those who previously had sustained symptoms experienced only intermittent symptoms or indeed stopped experiencing AF entirely.

WHAT IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION?

Around one million people in Britain and up to six times as many in the US suffer from atrial fibrillation, which can cause a stroke and heart failure. 

Patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) – the most common

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