Chocolate Could Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat, Study Suggests


Many studies conducted previously have shown that consuming chocolate can be good for one’s health as it is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Now a new study has thrown some more light on the positive effects of chocolates on our body.

According to the findings of a recent study in Denmark, consuming chocolate can assist in preventing the development of atrial fibrillation, which is a type of irregular heartbeat.

Researchers, during the study, found out that adults who consumed chocolate at least once a month or more than that had a reduced risk of atrial fibrillation. The study stated that the risk was reduced by 10 to 20 percent in those who ate chocolate once a month.

Atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is a condition in which the upper two chambers of the heart, known as the atria, do not beat at the same pace as the lower two chambers of the heart. The particular condition causes irregular heartbeat and increased the risk of heart failures, strokes and cognitive impairment in those affected.

Commenting on the findings of the research, lead author and a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Elizabeth Mostofsky said that the strongest effects of chocolate on adults were seen in those who ate at least 1 ounce of chocolate two to six times per week.
An ounce of chocolate is equal to about three or four individual Dove Bar squares, for example, Mostofsky said.

The researchers in their study said that around 2.7 million to 6.1 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation. The findings of the study however were not cause-and-effect, the researchers although found an association between consuming chocolate and lower risk of irregular heartbeat.

The findings of the study were published in the journal Heart on May 23.

Source: Livescience