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Weight loss

Hi All,

Just wondering if anybody has significantly reduced AF episodes and ectopics through weight loss, I am 5 foot 7 inches and weigh 12 and a half stone so whilst not obese I could do with losing a stone to a stone and a half, anybody been in a similar position, lost the weight and noticed improvement? - cheers

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I would say that any part of self help has got to be beneficial. My aim was to take any strain on my heart away, so I lost around 18/20 lbs putting me well within the Bmi range. Will it stop your Afib? highly unlikely, will it help to reduce episodes by reducing your heart work load......I would say definitely. Keeping the weight on will not make it better, however, it could make it worse.

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Thanks John, my thoughts also - cheers

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If you don’t mind my asking, how frequent were the episodes before the weight loss and how often do you get them now (following the weight loss)?

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A difficult one to answer as I started the weight loss almost straight away. Unfortunately, although I lost it and kept it off, I still had daily (mostly night time) episodes. To my way of thinking, you have to take any possible strain on the heart away, in order to give yourself a chance.

Re weight loss along with eating/drinking lighter prior to bed, I am now on a good run (at the moment) of decent bedtime rest without Afib.

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Thanks John, glad to hear you have found a good balance with it 👍

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I lost a lot of weight (55lbs) and found my Afib episodes reduced both in intensity and regularity. Unfortunately since then I have put weight back on (not as much as I had initially though) and found my Afib is now more frequent.

For me I think the pressure up into my diaphragm due to the fat irritates my Hiatus Hernia and induces my Afib. Problem is I'm finding it more difficult to lose weight again this time round.

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Thanks for your reply, I am going to try my best when I get back from holiday next week to lose at least a stone - cheers

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It’s encouraging, however, that the weight loss seems to make a difference for many people.

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I am 6ft 1" and was 14 stone, I purposely lost 2 stone in the hope that my AF would be reduced. Sadly that isn't the case but I do feel much better being lighter and intend to stay that way. Also I am sure while AF doesn't appreciate my efforts to have a decent BMI the rest of my body does.... Saves on the shopping bill as well 🍩🍰🍕 😄

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😂, thanks, I suppose that it is difficult to tell if weight loss makes a difference as AF is firstly so unpredictable and also progressive - but I agree that there are also many other benefits, I have high BP which I know can cause / worsen AF so maybe this weight loss will reduce my BP which will benifit my AF?, fingers crossed - thanks for reply 👍

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Congratulations on your weight loss -Did you up your exercise or rely on diet? Most importantly did it affect your blood pressure?

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Your weight loss should make it less likely that you will develop heart disease which you don’t need on top of Afib, so the effort was worthwhile.

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There was a thread yesterday you might like to read with a lot more information than above. For the record a BMI of less than 25 is highly desirable.

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Thanks Bob, I will check it out now

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I dont know if I will reach a bmi of 25 before Im on the wrong side of the ground, am working on it. Went from34 to 31, BUT had my yearly gp checkup last wk and lost 2 inches in height!!! Not fair, Im going to stay my original height in my mind at least😂

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😂😂, I know your frustration, I have always been 5 foot 8 inches and somehow have shrunk an inch.....how does that happen?? Messes your BMI right up 😂, thanks for reply

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I managed to lose 10kg in about 6 months starting pre-christmas last year. Sadly due to inactivity and being back on all manner of meds it's slowly crept back on.

It didn't make an impact on the frequency and severity of my episodes but I genuinely believe it will have made a difference and will do again.

I'm sure when the kids are back to school and im hitting 2 miles a day walking pushing a 10kg toddler.... and I'm ablated for the 5th time I can make greater progress this time.

Whilst it didn't affect my AF that I noticed, it did make me feel good about myself and give me more energy and motivation on the good days.

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Thanks for reply Jedi, will try next week when back from holiday - best of luck with your upcoming ablation - cheers 👍

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Hello Karl :-) please see this thread referred to by Bob....

healthunlocked.com/afassoci...

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Thanks Doodle

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