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Study: Irregular Heart Beat Reduced with Significant Weight Loss

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the atria (two upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly. It increases the risk of someone suffering a stroke or other heart problems.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers in Australia indicates that when people with this condition—who are overweight or obese—lost an average of 30 pounds it reduced heart palpitations and other symptoms (such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and dizziness).  The decrease in symptoms was four to five times better with weight loss compared to another group that received diet and fitness information.

Participants in the study either underwent a strict diet and exercise plan, or were just given healthy advice. Those on a plan lost an average of 33 pounds, compared to the others who lost an average of 12.5 pounds. Although both groups experienced a reduction in problems associated with atrial fibrillation, the ones who lost more weight reaped greater benefits.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Atrial Fibrillation

When this condition is severe (recurrences of fainting and/or loss of consciousness) and is not related to reversible causes like electrolyte abnormalities, for example, it could allow the individual to recover disability benefits.

To qualify, there are general requirements that claimants must meet—such as being unable to engage in substantial gainful activity, worked recently and long enough to qualify, and is totally disabled (expected to last at least 12 months or result in death).

To learn if your condition qualifies, or for assistance with filling a disability claim or appealing one that has been denied, contact Disability Help Group.