Medical News Summary: Abnormal heartbeat linked to obesity


About: Abnormal heartbeat linked to obesity
Date: 23 November 2004
Source: Health Day
Author: Ed Edelson
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Health Day): A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that obesity is associated with an increase in the risk of irregular heartbeat which can then result in stroke or heart failure. A BMI of 30 or more increases the risk of atrial fibrillation by 50% compared to those with a BMI of 21 to 25.
Related Disease Topics: Obesity, Abnormal heart beat, Atrial fibrillation, Cardiovascular disease, Stroke, Heart failure

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