It is likely that you or someone you know has Atrial fibrillation. Fibrillation (‘fib’) is the heart quivering or beating abnormally; when atrial ‘fib’ is present your heart beats in an irregularly irregular pattern. Heart has skipped into an abnormal rhythm.

ECG strips - 2 views

ECG strips – 2 views

You could recognize this by checking the pulse at the wrist and noting if the pattern is regular (normal) or that there is no regular pattern – it is constantly changing. Some folks do not feel the quivering others do. Fibrillation results from the heart’s electrical system failing to a degree.  2.7 million Americans suffer from this problem. The complications are many including stroke, clots and heart attacks. It is easy to diagnose however there are so many possible causes. Medication and even a pacemaker may be required to control this heart rhythm. Side effects and complications from Atrial fib and its treatment are many.

There is good news another benefit of losing weight, this one for heart disease patients. A recent study showed people who lose as little as 10% of their body weight were six times more likely to become free from Atrial fibrillation. It resolved! This simple strategy could decrease or stop medication(s).

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