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A-Fib Patient Story #8

A-Fib and Water Therapy

by Ron Gomez, 2004

“I realized that the symptoms of [my] A-Fib became more easily recognized with each A-Fib event. I would work backwards from an event and recall what food or situation might have set things off.

While at the movies and loving popcorn I had an A-Fib attack, probably due to the heavy salted popcorn during the movie.  I left the movie, asked for a cup and went to the water fountain in the theatre lobby. After about 10 or 15 cups of water and a time period of about 30 minutes…the A-Fib settled back to normal!

After that experience, I started drinking lots and lots of water (as much as 2 quarts OR MORE) whenever I felt the sensation of A-Fib starting. It usually takes at least 30 minutes for the A-Fib to subside. I sometimes use a ‘Heart Rate Monitor’ which can be purchased at a sporting goods store.  The monitor strap goes around your chest, and the watch type readout fits the wrist. When the readout jumps around, this indicates irregular heartbeat.

My feeling is that water works by helping the body “stay in balance” with its chemistry. This is especially important if drinking alcohol, during hot weather, on a windy golf course, or in any exercise without lots of water.

This method works for me, and I hope it works for you. Let’s just call this the ‘Gomez Maneuver.’”

If you have any questions, you can reach me at Email gomezron(at)aol.com Good luck!

Ron Gomez
Email gomezron(at)aol.com

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