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My dad gets a very irregular heartbeat and he is overweight.

Recently over the past year, my dad gets a very irregular heartbeat. It leaves him breathless and he can t do anything. I am worried about his heart, he has some medication and it usually settles within a day or two when it happens. He is overweight , but I think he is losing a bit steadily. Do you think this could be a bad problem for his health ? I m young enough, only 17, and couldn t bear losing my dad.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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I have a history with heart problems when my mom suffered with it...your dad is on right track...stay on him to lose weight...being over weight can build fat around the arteries...which can lead to a heart attack...make sure he takes his medicine correctly...get his heart checked by a cardiologist on a regular basis...if possible...have him go through a stress test, ekg, echo, and maybe a heart cauterization...all this may help to see if any internal damage is done to the heart.. will answer questions you may have...on last thing...make sure he is eating healthy foods...hope this helps...I hope he gets better soon
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