Take these steps to help protect against atrial fibrillation

If you’ve watched family members or other loved ones struggle with atrial fibrillation (Afib) — usually characterised by a rapid, irregular heartbeat — I don’t blame you for wanting to do everything in your power to prevent it.

The good news is that there are plenty of risk factors for Afib that are well within your control.

For example, obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure have all been found to lead to Afib. And you can control all three of these health problems by maintaining a healthy diet (I recommend the protein-rich Paleo diet) and getting enough exercise.

Another controllable risk factor for atrial fibrillation is to take a closer look at the prescription drugs you take. Several popular medications including asthma drugs, diuretics for high blood pressure and antidepressants have been linked to the condition. I recommend you check the warning labels closely on any medications you may be taking.

Finally, there are some simple, natural therapies you can try that are great for your heart and may reduce your atrial fibrillation risk. The first is to load up on vitamin C. Studies have shown that this heart-healthy vitamin can dramatically reduce atrial fibrillation episodes among people who already have the condition, and it may play an important role in preventing atrial fibrillation.

Researchers at a major heart conference a few years back also found that a few hours of yoga a week cuts atrial fibrillation episodes in half. Plus, because it’s been proven to reduce blood pressure and lower stress levels, yoga could be a vital tool in keeping high-risk individuals free from atrial fibrillation.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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A Day Without Orange Juice is Like an Invitation to Atrial Fibrillation, Tex Heart Inst J. 2007; 34(3): 265–267

Can Yoga Can Help Your AFib?, published online, webmd.com

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