After reading a couple of articles re PAF and weight loss and consulting with my GP, I bought a fitbit and joined the local weightwatchers class (to make a commitment) at the end of March.
Since then, over about 10 weeks I've lost almost 2st (13kg) and I've about another stone (7kg) to go to reach a healthy BMI.
I used to have a reasonable number of short AF episodes lasting a minute or two, probably about 1 or 2 a week, sometimes quite a lot more, and take PIP Flecainide as required. I also had some longer episodes lasting from an hour or so (on occasion needing to go to A&E and be converted) about every two months or so.
Since starting my weight loss I've seen a dramatic drop in my short episodes and (touch wood) not had any longer episodes as yet.
Evidently I used to snore badly and this is also much better now. I also feel so much better in myself than I have for years.
It's too early for me to be absolutely sure that my AF is going to stay this way but the indications are good so far.
I'm on 5mg Bisoprolol and I've also seen my resting heart rate drop from about 65 to about 52. I was worried about this at first and visited my Cardiologist who was not at all concerned as I never feel faint or see any other issues. He also confirmed that losing weight would very likely be of benefit with my AF. My BP has also dropped a little.
I'd recommend anyone with PAF who is overweight to speak to their GP and consider getting some of the fat off. 10% body weight loss can evidently make a marked improvement. ( news.heart.org/losing-weigh... )
I'm surprised that GPs and Cardiologists don't promote this as a potential benefit for those with PAF. If I hadn't been proactive and read up on this then I don't believe they would have mentioned it to me.
Has anyone else seen reduced PAF episodes due to their weight loss?