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Atrial fibrillation (A fib) is a common heart rhythm
that occurs in people as they age and/or have heart conditions such as coronary
disease, valvular heart disease, or cardiomyopathies. Once it develops, it can
be a major hassle, as well as a health threat. Hospitalization is often
necessary with multiple medications introduced: drugs to slow the heart rate
that is typically 150-200 beats per minute and causes breathlessness,
lightheadedness, even heart failure; medications to thin the blood to prevent
stroke, which can be catastrophic; medications to convert the rhythm back to
normal. And, because the imperfect ablation procedure to reduce/eliminate
A fib pays electrophysiologists very well, ablation is frequently offered.
There are a number of simple strategies you can follow
to prevent having atrial fibrillation and even reduce the frequency and duration
of intermittent recurrences. Unfortunately, once the rhythm becomes frequent
or persistent, the damage to your heart’s conduction system has been
done and the rhythm cannot be suppressed without a procedure such as ablation
or to simply live with the rhythm with lifelong need for drugs to control
heart rate and blood thinners to prevent stroke.
The key is to therefore undertake these strategies as
early in life as possible, as once A fib begins, it becomes harder and
harder to suppress, bouts become longer and longer and more frequent, and
eventually 24-hours-per-day persistent.
Efforts that reduce A fib potential include:
For anyone wanting to take their efforts even further, see
the more detailed Undoctored Protocol for Atrial Fibrillation
in our membership Undoctored Inner Circle.