Chocolate prevents AF: too good to be true?
Research findings suggest that eating chocolate may prevent atrial fibrillation but some cardiologists are not having a bar of it.
An inverse relationship between chocolate intake and AF was seen in a 14-year prospective cohort study of 55,000 people in a Danish study.
People who ate chocolate on a daily basis had reductions in relative risk of atrial fibrillation of up to 20% compared with people who ate chocolate less than once a month, according to the study by epidemiologists at Aarhus University, which saw 3346 new cases of AF diagnosed.
In the study, reductions in risk were