Features October 2017 Issue

Chocolate and Atrial Fibrillation: Protective or Wishful Thinking?

Chocolate may have some heart-healthy benefits, but the sugar, fat, and calories in many chocolate treats make them less desirable snack options.

Chocolate and Atrial Fibrillation: Protective or Wishful Thinking?

A recent study suggests regular chocolate consumption can help lower your risk of afib, but this Halloween, leave the candy for the kids.

Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, often gets tabbed as a heart-healthy treat. The idea is that the flavanols in chocolate have disease-fighting antioxidant power that preserves the health of your blood vessels, and may have other properties that improve blood pressure and help prevent blood clots. Flavanols are a type of flavanoid, a substance also found in fruits and vegetables that helps protect plants from toxins and environmental damage.

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