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Obesity appears to be modifiable risk factor for atrial fibrillation

sociated dilation of the left atrial (upper chamber of the heart).

" the implication of these results for the population burden of AF may be substantial, because obesity is highly prevalent and potentially modifiable. Thus, even a small decrease in the prevalence of obesity could lead to a large reduction in the incidence of AF," the authors write.

"Because management of AF remains a difficult clinical challenge, the identification of potentially modifiable risk factors may have important public health implications. Although our study was observational, it raises the intriguing possibility that weight reduction may decrease the risk of AF," the researchers write.


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JAMA and Archives Journals
23-Nov-2004


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