Arrhythmias are generally avoidable

30 March 2011

Adopting a healthy lifestyle could be one of the best ways to avoid common heart arrhythmias, new research has shown.

According to a study conducted at the University of Minnesota, half of all common heart arrhythmias could be avoided by so-called "clean living" - i.e. by avoiding smoking and eating a more varied and less fatty diet.

Published in the journal Circulation, the research, led by Dr Alvaro Alonso, said: "We now know that a significant proportion of all cases of atrial fibrillation can be avoided."

"Ideally, if individuals were able to maintain a normal blood pressure and healthy body weight and didn't smoke, not only would it reduce their risks for other forms of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, but it also would significantly impact the risk of developing atrial fibrillation in later life."

According to the team investigating the impact of clean living on atrial fibrillation - just five per cent of those observed with the condition was deemed to have a healthy lifestyle.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Alonso, Alvaro. "Absolute and Attributable Risks of Atrial Fibrillation in Relation to Optimal and Borderline Risk Factors". Circulation. Tuesady, March 28th 2011.

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