Control your weight to protect your heart from atrial fibrillation

If you’re over 40 and your heart flutters, there’s a good chance you’re one of the millions who suffer from atrial fibrillation (Afib). This condition, which can cause the upper chambers of the heart to race for minutes, hours or days, is the product of a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system. Common symptoms may include a feeling that your heart is pounding or about to leap out of your chest. You might also feel weak, and have shortness of breath and chest pain. “Atrial fibrillation raises your likelihood for stroke and doubles the chance of dementia. It also increases the risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart failure,” explains Cleveland Clinic electrophysiologist and cardiovascular specialist Jose Baez-Escudero, […]

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The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]