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What are some diet tips for people with atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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A diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy is always a good idea. Here are a few other diet tips for people who have atrial fibrillation, or AFib:

  • Maintain a low-fat, low-salt diet. Avoid saturated fat, trans fat, and salt to help control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This will also protect your blood vessels.
  • Limit caffeine. Watch how much soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and chocolate you have. These can make your heart race.
  • Cut back on alcohol. A drink or two might be safe with your doctor's OK. But large amounts can set off bouts of AFib. If you take blood thinners, alcohol could make you bleed too much.
  • Regulate your vitamin K intake. People who take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) need to be careful about eating foods that are high in vitamin K, such as broccoli, spinach, or lettuce.

From: Tips for Living With Afib WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AFIB Matters: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation: Resource Guide."

American Heart Association: "A Patient's Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Vitamin K and Coumadin."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

AFIB Matters: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation: Resource Guide."

American Heart Association: "A Patient's Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Vitamin K and Coumadin."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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