Stroke is a serious potential complication of atrial fibrillation. Learn about foods and supplements that can help reduce your stroke risk with AFib.
Foods to Avoid with Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) occurs when the normal rhythmic pumping of the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, break down. Instead of a normal heartbeat, the atria pulse, or fibrillate, at a fast or irregular rate. This can increase a person’s risk of stroke and heart failure.
Certain heart-healthy foods may allow you to maintain some control over your heart’s rhythms. They include:
- fish and other foods with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids
- fruits and vegetables high in vitamins, potassium, and beta carotene, such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, and asparagus
- oatmeal, especially with berries, nuts, and seeds added for extra protein and fiber
Some foods are bad for your heart and can make you more susceptible to symptoms of AFib. These include foods high in fat, sodium, and sugar. Eating too much of these foods can make events such as heart attacks more likely, too.
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