Physically active obese have lower atrial fibrillation risk

Lars Elnan Garnvik

Lars Elnan Garnvik

PhD candidate Lars Elnan Garnvik and his co-authors, including members Bjarne Nes, Jan Pål Loennechen and Vegard Malmo, published a paper in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology on June 25 showing that physical activity modifies the risk of atrial fibrillation in obese individuals. The study included more than 43 000 Norwegian men and women who participated in the third wave of the Nord-Trøndelag Health study between 2006 and 2008. By 2015, almost 1500 of them had a confirmed diagnosis of atrial fibrillation collected from hospital registers. Increasing levels of physical activity were linked to gradually lower risk of atrial fibrillation. Further analysis showed that this was especially true for obese persons. Interestingly, obese and inactive persons had almost double the risk of atrial fibrillation compared to those who were normal weight and highly physically active. On the other hand, the risk was only increased by approximately 50 % in those who were obese and active.

Read the full article in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology here:

Hear Garnvik talk about his study on the CERG podcast here (in Norwegian):

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