Weight reduction results in atrial fibrillation symptom improvement

Obesity is known risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the effect of weight reduction on AF symptom burden is unknown. In this study, 150 patients with symptomatic AF who were overweight or obese were randomized to a physician led weight loss program (intervention arm) or self-directed general lifestyle measures (control arm). All patients received […]

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Weight gain, smoking cessation, and cardiovascular risk

It is known that smoking cessation substantially reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but does any subsequent weight gain attenuate the benefits of quitting smoking? ┬áThe goal of this study was to answer this question in adults with and without diabetes. ┬áSpecifically, the authors tested the hypothesis that quitting smoking decreases CVD risk compared […]

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