What is it?
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes the heart to beat in an irregular, sometimes rapid rhythm that can result in poor circulation and other cardiovascular problems. While some people are totally unaware that they have atrial fibrillation and feel no symptoms at all, others experience symptoms that at times can feel pretty scary — including a pounding heart, fluttering in the chest or even the feeling that their heart “is going to explode.”
What are the symptoms?
- Heart sensations, sometimes called palpitations, which may include irregular, thumping, or pounding heartbeats
- A feeling the heart is racing
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Fatigue, shortness of breath, or weakness
- A person may have atrial fibrillation and no symptoms.
- If a clot is formed and blocks the flow of blood to the brain, it can cause stroke. The symptoms include numbness, difficulty in walking and swallowing, slurred speech, headache and dizziness. The stroke requires immediate medical attention.
- Control your body weight.
- Get regular exercise, such as walking, running, biking, and swimming.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and limit your intake of sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
- Drink lots of water
- Chop up the parsley leaves and boil them in a pot of water. You can then drink this water when it is cool.
- Take herbal teas like green tea, marshmallow tea, blueberry tea, gravel root tea, and dandelion tea.
- Use olive oil
- Take cranberry juice, aloevera juice, apple cider vinegar
- Do not smoke.
- Do not take more than 1,500 to 2,000 mg/dL of sodium.
- Reduce potassium consumption by restricting your intake of high potassium foods like bananas, avocados, and spinach
- Avoid foods high in phosphorus, such as yogurt, milk, and processed meats
- Do not take lots of proteins.
- Restrict your consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
Things to watch out for
You should make an appointment to see your GP if: you notice a sudden change in your heartbeat or your heart rate is consistently lower than 60 or above 100 (particularly if you’re experiencing other symptoms of atrial fibrillation, such as dizziness and shortness of breath).