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Obesity ups risk of atrial fibrillation, study reveals

A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that men and women with extreme obesity had a more than fourfold and an almost twofold increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation, respectively, compared with individuals who maintained a healthy weight. Australian researchers evaluated survey data from 24,799 Norwegian adults and found an association between a higher body mass index and an increased atrial fibrillation risk even among those who did not have overweight or obesity.

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