A Legacy Without AFIB
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A Legacy Without AFIB

Idris Elba may be the busiest man in show biz, with seven movies in post-production or filming. And while he’s always intense, his portrayal of a solider slowly unraveling in the 2010 movie Legacy was enough to make anyone’s heart skip a beat.
 
Now the LEGACY Study from Australia reveals that if you have atrial fibrillation (or a-fib, an irregular heart beat that can lead to stroke that’s getting more common in people over age 65) a great way to help stop the heart from stuttering is to lose weight and keep it off. Researchers followed 355 obese people with a-fib for four years: 45% of participants who lost at least 10% of their body weight had no symptoms of a-fib -- without taking any medication.
 
About 5.2 million people in North America have a-fib. That number is expected to more than double to around 12.1 million by 2030, fueled by the fact that 70% of adults are overweight or obese. Most of you with a-fib will benefit enormously from shedding 10% of your weight -- and not regaining it. And for rest of you at risk of developing a-fib, wouldn’t it be smart to re-do your lifestyle by increasing physical activity and upgrading your nutrition?
 
It takes hard work to reduce your weight, but we hope knowing about such profound health benefits will inspire you to remake your future. 

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia -- causes an irregular heartbeat that can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) results from faulty signals produced by ...

the heart's electrical system, causing the upper portion of the heart to fibrillate, or contract rapidly and irregularly. AFib doesn't cause noticeable symptoms for everyone. For those who do experience symptoms, heart palpitations are common along with feeling weak, dizzy and tired. Learn more about atrial fibrillation with expert advice from Sharecare.
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