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Natural Supplements for Atrial Fibrillation

If you have Atrial fibrillation (AF), the upper chambers of your heart may beat irregularly. These beats are out of sync with the heart’s lower chambers. The Mayo Clinic notes this can cause a number of health problems, including: • Poor blood flow • Heart palpitations • Weakness • Shortness of breath Standard treatments for AF include drugs called “anti-arrhythmic.” Some doctors also recommend a treatment called “electrical cardioversion.” Both may help restore a normal heartbeat. Reference: Jul 22, 2011 | Shannon Neumann Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart’s upper chambers quiver instead of beating regularly. This arrhythmia increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, cognitive impairment and death. Many people do not experience heart palpitations, shortness of breath or other symptoms that would bring the condition to the attention of a health care provider. Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia in adults. It is a significant public health problem in the United States where it affects more than 12 million Americans and almost 10% of the population older than 80 years. The prevalence increases with advancing age and with worsening cardiac function. Atrial fibrillation is an independent risk factor for death and greatly increases the risk for embolic stroke. In addition, this arrhythmia can be associated with hemodynamic instability, tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy, and systemic embolism. Despite advances in its medical management over the past two decades, the prognosis of newly diagnosed patients – both in terms of heart failure development and survival if heart failure develops – has not improved. Digitalis treatment poses dangers. See heart for a full discussion and natural options. Treatment aims to keep a patient’s heart rate at rest to fewer than 110 beats per minute in those with stable function of the ventricles, the heart’s lower chambers.


Heart Support Formula:  30-40 drops 3 times daily.


Motherwort, Hawthorne Berry, Tansy Leaf, Fenugreek Seed, Garlic Bulb, Cayenne Root, Hawthorne Leaf, Ginkgo Leaf, Structured Water and 20% Alcohol. Vegetable Glycerin would replace the alcohol for alcohol free tinctures.


Use 6-30 drops in mouth, juice or water. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Keep out of reach of children.

Bugleweed: 30-40 drops 3 times daily.you A cardiac arrhythmia, also called heart or cardiac dysrhythmia, is a disturbance in the regular rhythm of the heartbeat. Certain types of cardiac arrhythmia are life-threatening and a medical emergency while other types are not of any major concern. Some forms are commonly called heart palpitations by the general population. Those who have a cardiac arrhythmia should review the herbs listed a few paragraphs below and eliminate those that may be causing increased heart rate. Heart arrhythmia simply means that the heart rhythm is irregular — such as missing a heart beat or perhaps each beat does not follow the proper rhythm — or it can also mean the rhythm is too fast or too slow.

Natural or alternative cardiac arrhythmia treatment
Very little research has been done with natural herbs or nutrients in the prevention or therapy of cardiac arrhythmia. I have evaluated some of the published research over the past few years and present the nutrients and herbs that perhaps could be helpful in prevention or treatment. I do not claim that these supplements are a natural cure since more research is needed.

Fish oils: take as dircted on label. may reduce ventricular arrhythmia and atrial arrhythmia (most commonly presented as atrial fibrillation). Fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids have been studied for heart arrhythmia more than any other natural supplements. Fish oils stabilize cardiac cell membranes. Doctors who are planning to prescribe anti arrhythmia medicines to their patients for mild cases of arrhythmia should first consider recommending their patients eat cold water fish almost every day and perhaps add one to four fish oil capsules to their daily supplement regimen. Consumption of tuna or other broiled or baked fish, but not fried fish or fish sandwiches, is associated with lower incidence of atrial fibrillation. Fish intake may reduce the risk of this common cardiac arrhythmia. Effects of fish-oil supplementation on myocardial fatty acids in humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007. Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia. The study examined the kinetics of incorporation of n-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)  into human myocardial membrane phospholipids during supplementation with fish oil and alpha-linolenic acid-rich flax seed oil:

Flax Seed Oil:  also available as 16 oz of Oil:  Patients with low self-reported fish intake (<1 fish meal/wk and no oil supplements) accepted for elective cardiac surgery involving cardiopulmonary bypass were randomly allocated to 1 of 6 groups: no supplement; fish oil (6 g EPA+DHA/d) for either 7, 14, or 21 d before surgery; flaxseed oil; or olive oil. In the fish-oil-treated subjects, accumulation of EPA and DHA in the right atrium was curvilinear with time and reached a maximum at approximately 30 d of treatment and displaced mainly arachidonic acid. Flaxseed oil supplementation yielded a small increase in atrial EPA but not DHA, whereas olive oil did not significantly change atrial n-3 fatty acids. The results of the present study show that dietary n-3 fatty acids are rapidly incorporated into human myocardial phospholipids at the expense of arachidonic acid during high-dose fish-oil supplementation. Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the prevention of atrial arrhythmias Ital Heart J Suppl. 2005. The effects of omega-3 fatty acids on membrane stabilization are well known. Reduction of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death has been reported; fewer data exist regarding the effects on atrial arrhythmias. The object of this report is to evaluate the reduction of atrial arrhythmia -fibrillation after treatment with omega-3, in patients with dual-chamber pacemakers. We have examined 40 patients with paroxysmal atrial tachyarrhythmia recorded at the periodic pacemaker controls. At the study entry, all patients were treated with omega-3 (1 g/die). Our data suggest a powerful effect of omega-3 fatty acids in the reduction of atrial arrhythmia – fibrillation in these patients, without significant adverse effects. Flaxseed Dietary flaxseed protects against ventricular fibrillation induced by ischemia-reperfusion in normal and hypercholesterolemic Rabbits. J Nutr. 2004. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the (n-3) PUFA found in fish oils, exert antiarrhythmic effects during ischemia. Flaxseed is the richest plant source of another (n-3) PUFA, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), yet its effects remain largely unknown. Our objective was to determine whether a flaxseed-rich diet is antiarrhythmic in normal and hypercholesterolemic rabbits. This study demonstrates that dietary flaxseed exerts antiarrhythmic effects during ischemia-reperfusion in rabbit hearts, possibly through shortening of the action potential.

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Omega 7 Complete) Organic Softgels

Calcium/Magnesium:  Has been used for arrhythmia

Acetyl-L-Carnitine:  As directed on the label.

Co-Q-10 200 mg: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily, preferably with meals.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant.

Antioxidants fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Some researchers believe that CoQ10 may help with heart-related conditions, because it can improve energy production in cells, prevent blood clot formation, and act as an antioxidant.

Red Wine Complex:   is an extract found in wine and grapes. The protective effects of resveratrol on rat heart include reduced rhythm disturbances, reduced cardiac infarct size, and decreased plasma levels of lactate dehydrogenase and creatine kinase.

Potassium and Iodine:  are minerals that can be deficient in some cardiac patients Berberine: is a bitter-tasting, yellow, plant alkaloid with a long history of medicinal use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Berberine is present in the roots, rhizomes and stem bark of various plants including goldenseal ,Oregon grape ,barberry,   and turmeric .  Berberine has also been used historically as a dye, due to its yellow color are potential natural agents that deserve further evaluation. Efficacy and safety of berberine for congestive heart failure secondary to ischemic or idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Am J Cardiology. 2003. One hundred fifty-six patients with CHF and >90 ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) and/or nonsustained ventricular tachycardia were randomly divided into 2 groups. All patients were given conventional therapy for congestive heart failure, consisting of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, digoxin, diuretics, and nitrates. Patients in the treatment group (n = 79) were also given berberine 1.2 to 2.0 g/day. The remaining 77 patients were given placebo. Berberine improved quality of life and decreased VPCs and mortality in patients with congestive heart failure. Adenosine Bergenin Daidzein is effective in preventing ventricular fibrillation induced by chloroform in mice and arrhythmia induced by aconitine in rats. Daidzein has obvious protective effect on drug-induced arrhythmia, which may be related to its inhibition of Na+ or Ca2+ influx and its blocking beta-adrenergic receptor. Herbs that could cause cardiac arrhythmia Certain herbs stimulate cardiac rhythm.

Herbs in high doses that may cause heart palpitations include excessive intake of licorice, ephedra, gingko bilboa, ginseng, guarana, horny goat weed, rhodiola herb, yohimbie, and other tonic herbs. Usually high doses of these herbs cause the cardiac arrhythmia. Ginkgo biloba-induced frequent ventricular arrhythmia. Ital Heart J. 2002. In this report, a case of frequent ventricular arrhythmias probably due to Ginkgo biloba is presented. The patient complained of palpitations twice in a month and on both occasions symptoms and electrocardiographic evidence of ventricular arrhythmias resolved with discontinuation of Ginkgo biloba.

Nutrients that can cause heart rhythm disturbances Nutrients that can cause an arrhythmia include tyrosine amino acid, phenylalanine, and high doses of SAM-e. Hormones that could cause cardiac problems Hormones than can cause arrhythmia include high doses of DHEA and pregnenolone, and probably high doses of progesterone or other hormones, including thyroid hormones.

A simple way to bring a rhythm back to normal In some cases, when an arrhythmia comes on without chest pain, particularly if it is a fast, regular rhythm, lying down on the floor and elevating the legs and feet, hips close to the wall, resting the feet on the wall can rush blood down to the heart and make the heart rhythm come back to normal. Please discuss with your doctor. Also consider drinking one to three glasses of water for fluid replacement. An arrhythmia is commonly called heart palpitations by the general public.

Potential Causes  History of heart disease — coronary artery disease, stents, heart valve disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and pericarditis. Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid gland can cause arrhythmia, particularly atrial fibrillation Prescription medications Over the counter medicines including cold medicines that have pseudoephedrine or related compounds. Caffeine found in coffee, tea, cocoa Alcohol, when used in excess, increases the risk for atrial fibrillation Stress, whether emotional or physical Lack of good sleep is a common cause. Marijuana overuse H. Pylori infection of the stomach – may increase risk of atrial fibrillation. Air pollution may interfere with the heart’s ability to reset its electrical properties in an orderly manner. 

Tachycardia and bradycardia An arrhythmia can also occur when the heart beats either too fast or too slow. When your heart beats too fast — more than 100 beats per minute — the condition is known as tachycardia arrhythmia. When it beats too slow — fewer than 60 beats per minute — you have bradycardia arrhythmia. These two arrhythmias are not serious unless they occur in a extreme fashion for prolonged periods. Types of ventricular arrhythmias Premature Ventricular Contraction — an occasional skipped heart beat, occurs in everyone at some time in their life. This is not serious. Ventricular Tachycardia — A rhythm of the heart at a rate of more than 100 beats per minute is considered a tachycardia. If the ventricles of the heart experience tachycardia for a sustained period of time, there can be deleterious effects. Individuals may sense a tachycardia as a pounding sensation of the heart; this is known as “palpitations”. However, strictly speaking, palpitations are any sensation of an individual’s own heart beat, and can occur at rates less than 100 beats/minute. Ventricular fibrillation — If fibrillation occurs in the ventricles (lower chambers) of the heart, it is always a medical emergency. If left untreated, ventricular fibrillation can lead to death within minutes. When a heart goes into ventricular fibrillation, effective pumping of the blood stops. The individual goes into cardiac arrest, and will not survive unless cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation are provided immediately.

Atrial fibrillation – atrial and supraventricular -Fibrillation occurs when the heart muscle begins a quivering motion instead of a normal, healthy pumping rhythm. Atrial fibrillation is the quivering, chaotic motion in the upper chambers of the heart, known as the atria. It is often due to serious underlying medical conditions, and should be evaluated by a physician. It is not typically a medical emergency. Some people can live many years or decades with atrial fibrillation. Supraventricular Arrhythmia simply means that the arrhythmia is being instigated above the ventricles, which most often means that it is coming from the atria. The gastric microbe, Helicobacter pylori, that’s the cause of most stomach ulcers also takes it out on the heart.

Helicobacter Pylori and low Stomach Acid:

Nutritional Causes, Symptoms, Treatment Remedies & Prevention
Acidophilus Powder, Non-Dairy: 1/2 tsp AM & PM
While “Stress” was a popular basis for stomach ulcers years ago, Helicobacter Pylori has become a primary
cause for peptic and duodenal Ulcers since its discovery by two Australian doctors, Robin Warren, M.D., and
Barry Marshall, M.D., in the early 80’s, and antibiotics have become the primary “cure”.
Some doctors place the bacterium’s involvement as high as 90%, but ulcer-inducing drugs, alcohol, smoking,
and other lifestyle stimulants are still a more common factor in the development of these ulcers than given
credit lately.  At the same time, Blood Type O individuals are at greater risk to develop peptic or duodenal
ulcers compared to groups A, B, or AB, while those with H. Pylori infections and/or Blood Types A, B, and AB
are at a greater risk to develop pancreatic cancer.[83]  Gastric cancer is more prevalent with Blood Type A.
Helicobacter Pylori may be inhibited by raising stomach acid, provided this is done before the protective mucous lining of the stomach is damaged by the bacteria and an ulcer develops, other-wise acid-reducing drugs (H2 antagonists or proton pump inhibitors)will have to be prescribed.This is one reason why individuals who manage to maintain normal stomach acid levels are generally asymptomatic and don’t develop ulcers unless they damage their stomach with alcohol, smoking, or drugs, or they supplement too much calcium, magnesium, or other acid-lowering remedies, which by reducing stomach acid too much,allow the bacteria to proliferate.  Coffee consumption is another factor believed to aggravate the symptoms of H. Pylori infections.

Gastric H. Pylori Infection

Unfortunately, people with reduced acid levels frequently suffer from what they assume is elevated stomach
acid levels after experiencing the classic symptoms of heartburn, bloating, nausea, frequent burping…, and
they subsequently reach for acid-lowering drugs or remedies. By doing so they encourage greater H. Pylori activity (if infected) and eventually increase the risk to develop peptic or duodenal ulcers, pancreatic or gastric cancer, and Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue lymphoma.[46]
However, in contrast to those who suffer from low stomach acid, a much smaller number of patients actually
present with elevated stomach acid levels, and among those who do, very few suffer from the symptoms
commonly associated with low stomach acid (heartburn or bloating).  If they get bloated, it is usually the
result of insufficient pancreatic enzyme production that triggers abdominal bloating, and which can often
be relieved with a pancreatic / digestive enzyme complex.  If they do suffer from stomach problems, they
may be related to medication, lifestyle, or GERD, but are independent of high or low stomach acid levels.
However high stomach acid levels frequently go hand in hand with reduced calcium and/or magnesium levels.
Nice Bones – 3 tablets at bedtime.

People with rapid beating of the upper chamber of the heart, atrial fibrillation, are nearly 20 times more likely to be infected with Helicobacter than are healthy “controls,” according to a report in the medical journal Heart. While the exact mechanism is unknown, the theory is that it may relate to auto antibodies that develop in some H. pylori-infected patients. These antibodies, which normally attack an acid pump found on gastric cells, may instead attack a similar pump on cardiac cells, ultimately triggering atrial fibrillation. The new findings are based on a study of H. pylori tests in 59 patients with atrial fibrillation and 45 healthy controls. In the overall analysis, 97.2 percent of atrial fibrillation patients were positive for H. pylori compared with just 5.3 percent of controls. Diagnosis Ambulatory electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring usually is indicated if the etiology of arrhythmia’s cannot be determined from the patient’s history, physical examination, and resting ECG. When an arrhythmia occurs unpredictably or does not occur daily, an initial two-week course of continuous closed-loop event recording is indicated. Holter monitoring for 24 to 48 hours may be appropriate in patients with daily arrhythmia. Trans-telephonic event monitors are more effective and cost-effective than Holter monitors for most patients. Sinus Arrhythmia Sinus arrhythmia means the arrhythmia is being generated from the sinus node. Symptom and signs Most people have felt their heart beat very fast, experienced a fluttering in their chest, or noticed that their heart skipped a beat. Almost everyone has also felt dizzy, faint, or out of breath or had chest pains at one time or another. Symptoms of heart arrhythmia may include: * palpitations (increased awareness of the heart beating faster) This is often the only symptom for most people. * chest pain * shortness of breath * light headedness or fainting * fatigue or weakness You should not panic if you experience a few flutters or your heart races infrequently, this happens in many people. But if the heart arrhythmia occurs regularly, a doctor’s visit is recommended. Medications Used to Treat Heart Arrhythmia’s If the cardiac arrhythmia is caused by a disease, treatment of the underlying disorder is necessary to prevent worsening. Anti arrhythmic drugs may be used to treat rhythm disorders but all of these drugs may cause side effects. Although some patients benefit from them, heart arrhythmia’s may worsen in 10 or more percent of patients. For that reason and the fact that the more serious heart rhythm abnormalities occur in sick patients, anti arrhythmic drugs are often first given in the hospital, so the effects on heart rhythm can be carefully monitored. I prefer to use natural supplements and methods first for mild cases of heart arrhythmia, however, moderate to severe cases may require heart arrhythmia medication, such as:
Class 1 Anti-arrhythmic Blocks cardiac sodium channels; slows rate of impulse conduction throughout heart; some drugs also affect potassium channels, altering how long it takes the heart to “reset” after each impulse quinidine (Quinidex, others) phenytoin (Dilantin) flecainide (Tambocor).

Class 2
Anti-arrhythmic Blocks beta receptors, which are chemical docking sites for signals from nervous system; reduces impulse formation in SA node; slows conduction in AV node; reduces force of contractions propranalol (Inderal) acebutolol (Sectral).

Class 3
Anti-arrhythmic Blocks potassium, sodium and calcium channels, and beta receptors (amiodarone); or blocks potassium channels and beta receptors (sotalol); many actions, but mostly prolongs each impulse and prolongs time between impulses amiodarone (Cordarone) sotalol (Betapace).

Class 4 Anti-arrhythmic Blocks calcium channels; reduces formation of impulses in SA node; slows conduction through AV node; reduces force of contractions verapamil (Calan, others) diltiazem (Cardizem, others) Monitoring Diagnosis and management of cardiac arrhythmias can be accomplished by using electrocardiographic monitoring devices while you are at home or work on in your daily life. The reason heart arrhythmia monitoring is recommended by cardiologists include: palpitations, fainting, anti arrhythmia drug monitoring and evaluation. The Holter monitor is the prototype continuous electrocardiographic monitor, providing continuous recording of the electrocardiographic signal for 24 or 48 hours. Transtelephonic electrocardiographic monitors transmit recordings by telephone and convert the signal into a conventional recording. Devices that are applied during the occurrence of symptoms record and save electrocardiographic data prospectively for an average of two minutes. These devices have an extended monitoring ability. The prototype is a credit card-sized monitor applied to the chest wall at the time of the symptom.

Supplements that may benefit atrial fibrillation Natural methods or natural supplements are rarely used by the medical community in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, but there is early research to indicate that they may be helpful.

Fish oils:  Reduce arrhythmias. I wonder if more doctors recommended fish oils, or if patients ate more cold water fish, there would be fewer instances of atrial fibrillation or other types of cardiac arrhythmias and fewer prescriptions would be needed for antiarrhythmic drugs. Also consider eating fish roe which have a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Orhan Onalan and colleagues from the University of Toronto reviewed randomized clinical trials on the role of magnesium in the treatment. They compared the effectiveness of magnesium to placebo or antiarrhythmic drugs. Magnesium therapy was much more effective than placebo, and did not have side effects. Dr. Orhan Onalan and colleagues conclude, “intravenous magnesium administration is an effective and safe strategy for the acute management of rapid atrial fibrillation.” Am J Cardiol 2007.

ZMA – ZINC, MAGNESIUM, AND VITAMIN B-6,  at least intravenously, can be helpful in rapid onset atrial fibrillation. Magnesium deficiency in the diet induces heart arrhythmias.

Good C Esterified C 180 veg/capsule, 500mg ;1,000-5,000 mg ESTERFIED-ACID FREE WITH BIOFLAVONOIDS 4 to 10 or more capsules daily, as a dietary supplement. May be helpful in some cases. Oral vitamin C cuts the risk of early recurrence after patients undergo electrical cardioversion. Vitamin C reduces the low-level inflammation that accompanies this condition. Early atrial fibrillation recurrence after cardioversion may be due to electrophysiological changes in the chambers of the heart. A research team randomized 44 patients who had undergone cardioversion for persistent atrial fibrillation to standard therapy plus oral vitamin C or standard treatment only. Patients given the vitamin received a 2-gram loading dose 12 hours before cardioversion and 500 mg twice daily for the next 7 days. One (4 percent) of the patients given vitamin C had a relapse of atrial fibrillation, while eight (36 percent) of patients not given the vitamin did. International Journal of Cardiology, July 2005.


Keep your weight at a normal range since obesity is associated with a higher rate of heart rhythm disturbances. Avoid excess alcohol consumption. Consider reducing or eliminating all stimulants including caffeine, some herbal teas, coffee, and herbal supplements. Try to get a deep sleep each night and try to reduce daily stress. In a small preliminary study, three sessions of yoga a week reduced the number of episodes, improved quality of life, lowering levels of the anxiety and depression which often plagues patients with this condition.

Supplements that may make A Fib worse:
dietary supplements can stimulate heart tissue and would not be advised to those with this condition. Some of them include tyrosine, phenylalanine, SAM-e, alpha lipoic acid, ginseng, tongkat ali, yohimbe. There are many others that act as stimulants and I will enlarge this list over time. High doses of vitamin D could be a cause. Atrial fibrillation and stroke During an episode of AF, abnormal electrical activity in the heart causes its upper two chambers to beat in a rapid, uncoordinated rhythm; the arrhythmia itself is not life-threatening, but over time AF can contribute to stroke or heart failure in some people. Multiple trials have established that antithrombotic therapy decreases stroke risk. Aspirin is associated with a relative risk reduction of about 20% and adjusted-dose warfarin (international normalized ratio 2.0-3.0) is associated with a relative risk reduction of about 60%. Warfarin is more effective than aspirin but is used less often than indicated because of hemorrhagic risk and the inconvenience of coagulation monitoring. Cause Scientists do not know all the causes of atrial fibrillation, but its risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, heavy alcohol consumption, and valvular heart disease. Recent data have also indicated that obesity is a risk. Obesity and a common sleep problem called obstructive sleep apnea may raise the risk. A common cause of atrial fibrillation is an overactive thyroid  gland.


Gland Rejuvenator. Older men who were big during their 20s face an increased risk of suffering from AF. European Heart Journal, online March 20, 2009. Having diabetes increases the risk for this heart condition. Diabetes Care, October 2009. Journal of General Internal Medicine, online April 20, 2010. Smoking cigarettes can increase a person’s chances of getting this heart condition. Excessive exercise Vigorous exercise increases the risk. Obesity as risk factor Obesity is a cause for developing atrial fibrillation and the risk rises as body mass index (BMI) climbs. Atrial fibrillation due to prescription medicines Certain osteoporosis drugs, including Fosamax made by Merck Inc and Reclast by Novartis AG, are linked to atrial fibrillation. Bisphosphonates increase the rates of serious atrial fibrillation. Women who have ever used alendronate, also known by the trade name Fosamax, have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. Whether the benefits of Foxamax use in terms of fracture prevention in patients with osteoporosis are outweighed by the risks of atrial fibrillation remain to be determined. The regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and newer anti-inflammatory medications known as cox-2 inhibitors. Steroid use could also cause atrial fibrillation. Treatment with high doses of corticosteroids, regardless of the indication, increases the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation. In the May 2006 Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Stricker reports that in the Rotterdam Study the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation was significantly higher in individuals who received corticosteroids. High doses of corticosteroids may affect the balance of potassium in cardiac muscle cells, which may induce arrhythmia or may cause sodium and fluid retention, leading to hypertension, left atrial enlargement and congestive heart failure — all known risk factors. Atrial fibrillation and alcohol Those who consume a large amount of alcohol are more likely to experience atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem, than their peers who consume little alcohol. A Fib due to excess alcohol use can occur in men and women. Incidence The number of people with atrial fibrillation is higher than previously estimated and increasing. In a study of Minnesota residents, the incidence of atrial fibrillation rose more than 12 percent between 1980 and 2000. At that rate, the number of U.S. residents with the rhythm will rise to 16 million by 2050 — nearly three times previous estimates.

Atrial fibrillation treatment The treatment of atrial fibrillation is directed toward the prevention of thromboembolism, control of the ventricular rate and conversion to sinus rhythm. Most people who have atrial fibrillation need more than one type of treatment. Treatment options may include nonsurgical procedures, medications, medical devices such as pacemakers, or surgical procedures. Medications (anti-arrhythmic’s) are prescribed to restore normal sinus rhythm. The medications effectively maintain sinus rhythm for at least one year in about half of the patients treated. However, atrial fibrillation medications can cause side effects such as nausea and fatigue. Digitalis has serious side effects. Digitalis side effects – digitalis does not improve mortality People with atrial fibrillation who are treated with digitalis are at increased risk of death. Dr. Knut Gjesdal of the University of Oslo, Norway have found that digitalis increases exercise capacity and reduces morbidity in patients with heart failure. However, those that take digitalis have no survival benefit. Heart 2008;94:191-196. New options for atrial fibrillation New non-pharmacology possibilities have emerged. These include surgery, radio-frequency catheter ablation, pacing, and atrial defibrillation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Atrial Fibrillation and cognitive function Men with atrial fibrillation score significantly lower on cognitive performance tests than their peers without this dangerous heart arrhythmia. A variety of factors link atrial fibrillation to decreased cognitive performance, including un-diagnosed stroke, lesions on the brain, and reduced cardiac output. Perhaps medications used to treat atrial fibrillation may also be a factor. A fib A fib is caused when the electrical impulses in your heart do not start at the sinus node. Instead these impulses can start at many different places in the atria, or upper part of your heart. When the heart is in a fib, the atria is in a chaotic state and cannot provide enough blood to the lower part of your heart and to the rest of your body. Your doctor can diagnose a fib by a simple EKG or by wearing a Holter monitor.

Can Herbs & Supplements Help

ZMA – ZINC, MAGNESIUM, AND VITAMIN B-6 plays a strong role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles. When the body is low in magnesium it can cause the heart to develop an arrhythmia. The average person should consume between 310 to 420 mg of magnesium daily. Those who are on diuretics or deficient should consume foods such as beans, fruits, nuts, soy and whole grains. If your diet does not support a healthy magnesium level, you should consult your physician about an added supplement.

Nice Bones: 3 at bedtime.

Potassium: Many people who are in a fib are found to have low potassium levels. Potassium can slow the heart down by increasing the time the heart rests between beats; this keeps the heart in a normal rhythm. However, when potassium becomes too low the heart becomes excitable and starts to increase electrical impulses causing a fib. To avoid potassium deficiency, you should consume between 1,600 to 2,400 mg/day in your diet or consider taking a oral potassium supplement. 

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is an antioxidant found in every cell in the body. Its main role is to produce energy in the cells’ mitochondria which fuels the heart function. However, it also acts as an stabilizer in the heart’s electrical conduction system. According to the Heart MD Institute, you should consume between 100 and 300 mg of CoQ10 daily for increased heart health.

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Omega 7 Complete) Organic Softgels
Some studies have shown the benefit of using fish oil to treat certain heart conditions. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) described four clinical trials that suggest fish oil may help prevent heart attack and heart failure. But the same study notes that these clinical trials failed to prove the benefit of fish oil in treating AF. Another more recent study published in JACC also concluded that fish oil did not reduce AF symptoms.

Taurine Researchers reported on the benefits of taurine for AF patients in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Taurine is an amino acid that may be taken orally as a supplement. The study found that taurine may help prevent irregular heartbeat by regulating mineral levels in the blood and tissues. Researchers believe taurine may be effective in AF partly because it decreases nervous system activity.


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