Diet Tips for a-Fib Prevention
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” -Mahatma Gandhi
As the saying goes it is indeed that health is the highest form of wealth anyone coveted and it costs more than any gold and silver in this world. Eating healthy is the key in attaining a healthy life, thus it is really important to make healthy changes in your lifestyle if you want to be on your best shape. A heart-healthy diet is recommended for those suffering atrial fibrillation or a-Fib. This condition is the most common cardiac arrhythmia disorder, wherein symptoms include palpitations, chest pain and fainting. However, in some cases symptoms may not be present at all. Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include age, anyone who already has heart disease, people who have high-blood pressure, and other chronic conditions. Watching your diet is an essential part in reducing the risk of atrial fibrillation thus it is recommended to have a food log so you could monitor your food intake.
Heart-healthy diet strategies can really help in atrial fibrillation prevention. Though this may require a lot of change, incorporating it gradually can help you ease into these changes easily. Here are several tips to prevent atrial fibrillation through food or nutrition changes:
• Eat more fish - unsaturated fats from fish can help reduce the risk of heart disease and it also protects your heart against abnormal heartbeats. Eating fish twice a week is recommended and it should be cooked in heart-healthy ways such as grilling, baking or steaming. Cold water fish such as salmon, herring, and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids that lowers triglycerides reducing your risk against heart diseases.
• Consume more fruits ...
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...hol as this can also trigger atrial fibrillation. It is known as a heart stimulant that can increase the heart rate. It is best to consume caffeine in moderation and to reduce or eliminate it if symptoms occur.
Though natural supplements are rarely used in the medical community, early research proves that these can be helpful in atrial fibrillation prevention. Fish oils reduce arrhythmias which is the abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart. Magnesium is also helpful in atrial fibrillation prevention. The electrical activity of the heart and muscles is maintained by the proper balance of both magnesium and calcium thus magnesium deficiency can result to irregular heartbeat. Another essential element is vitamin C which is a water-soluble antioxidant that has been proven to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation for cardiac surgery patients.