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Articles November 2017 Issue

Could a Bit of Chocolate Help Keep Your Heart on Beat?

Research links chocolate intake with reduced risk of atrial fibrillation.

About one in four adults will develop atrial fibrillation (the most common type of irregular heartbeat) in their lifetime. Thatís a big deal because atrial fibrillation increases risk of stroke by five-fold. Atrial fibrillation also increases risk of heart failure and impaired cognition (brain function). A recent study in the journal Heart showed moderate chocolate intake was associated with a 10 to 20% decreased risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. But, is nibbling on chocolate for prevention too good to be true?

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