Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Prevent Heart Rhythm Disorder

A gastric Band is a special inflatable band which is placed around the top portion of the patient’s stomach, creating a small pouch that limits or reduces the amount of food which you are able to eat at any one time.

Scientists from the Mayo Clinic found that significantly fewer patients who underwent weight-loss surgery, also known as “bariatric” surgery, developed atrial fibrillation — a rapid and irregular heartbeat — than those who didn’t have weight-loss surgery. Atrial fibrillation affects more than 2.7 million American adults.

Common types of weight-loss surgery include the gastric band, in which a band is placed to create a small stomach pouch, and gastric bypass, which allows food to bypass parts of the stomach.

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