From a recent study:
We prospectively performed cardiac magnetic resonance imaging on 87 participants with AF undergoing either structured weight management (intervention) or general lifestyle advice (control). We measured pericardial adipose tissue, atrial and ventricular volumes, and myocardial mass at baseline and 12 months.
In total, 69 participants underwent baseline and 12-month follow-up cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (intervention n = 36 and controls n = 33). From baseline to 12 months, weight loss (kg, mean [95% CI]) was greater in the intervention group from 101.5 kg (97.2-105.8 kg) to 86.5 kg (81.2-91.9 kg) as compared with controls from 102.6 kg (97.2-108.1 kg) to 98.7 kg (91.0-106.3 kg) (time-group interaction P less than .001). The intervention group showed a reduction in left atrial volumes (mL) from 105.0 mL (98.9-111.1 mL) to 96.4 mL (91.6-101.1 mL), whereas the change in the control group was from 108.8 mL (99.6-117.9 mL) to 108.9 mL (99.8-118.0 mL) (time-group interaction P less than .001). There was a decline in pericardial adipose tissue (cm3) from 140.9 cm3 (129.3-152.4 cm3) to 118.8 cm3 (108.1-129.6 cm3) and myocardial mass (g) from 137.6 g (128.1-147.2 g) to 123.1 g (114.5-131.7 g) in the intervention group, whereas the change in the control group was from 143.2 cm3 (124.6-161.7 cm3) to 147.2 cm3 (128.9-165.4 cm3) for pericardial adipose tissue and 138.3 g (124.8-151.8 g) to 140.7 g (127.4-154.1 g) for myocardial mass (both variables, time-group interaction P less than .001).
Weight reduction results in favorable structural remodeling and a reduction in pericardial adipose tissue burden.