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Top foods to avoid and to eat when diagnosed with atrial fibrillation

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(NaturalNews) According to the American College of Cardiology, atrial fibrillation, which results in racing heartbeats or ones that are arrhythmic, affects over 2.5 million Americans. Also referred to as "AFib," the fluctuations in heartbeat occur when the heart's electrical system is essentially thrown off, sending signals to the body that it must pump more blood. (1)

Symptoms vary, ranging from exhaustion to dizziness, and unfortunately, if not treated, blood clots, heart failure and stroke can occur. (1)

Certain foods have the ability to cause irregular heartbeats, and as such, it's advised to eliminate or cut back on them significantly.

Foods to avoid when diagnosed with AFib


For example, caffeine is a common offender, often wreaking havoc on the balance between blood flow and the heart's electrical system. It stimulates the system and can act as a trigger for AFib. (2)


When it comes to salt, less is generally better. The American Heart Association recommends that people with high blood pressure consume 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day at the most. Since salt plays a role in elevating blood pressure, and higher blood pressure increases the odds of experiencing AFib symptoms, it's suggested to lessen its intake. (2)

Cured meats

It's no secret that processed foods like meat are full of unhealthy additives and, for many, is also ripe with disheartening animal welfare issues as well. Concerning AFib, recent studies have discovered that cured meat contains the compound tyramine, which is linked to elevated blood pressure that can cause irregular heart rhythms. (2)

Like any instance when blood pressure is a concern, there are certain foods that can help keep it regulated. Clearly, it's best to cut back on or avoid the foods listed above, but it's also helpful to incorporate more of very specific foods in a daily diet.

Best foods to eat to manage AFib

Bananas and avocados

Foods rich in potassium, an essential mineral that helps regulate heart function, are considered ideal in the fight against high blood pressure. Bananas, citrus fruits and juices, avocados, and potatoes are all very good sources of potassium and should be consumed especially if levels are low.


Arjuna, also referred to as Terminalia arjuna, is a tree bark used by Ayurvedic practitioners to primarily treat heart problems, including arrhythmia. It's been considered a premier heart tonic, as it's brimming with heart-healthy antioxidants, flavonoids and minerals that may help regulate heart beats.


Because walnuts are high in alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid known to have heart-protective benefits, experts recommended eating them regularly. (3) Flaxseeds are also beneficial for the same reason and are good in smoothies or other drinks, or sprinkled over salads and other healthy foods.


(1) https://www.cardiosmart.org

(2) http://www.healthcentral.com

(3) http://atrialfibrillationblog.com


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