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Editor's Correspondence
July 23, 2007

Atrial Fibrillation, Obesity, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(14):1553. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.14.1553-a

In reply

We appreciate the interest Arias et al have in our study of obesity and risk of new-onset AF. We agree that OSA may play a role in mediating the obesity-AF relationship that we observed, in which a 3% higher risk of AF was seen for each 1-unit increment in body mass index and obese persons were at 37% higher risk of developing AF compared with persons with a normal body mass index.1

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