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 FAQs Coping with A-Fib: Diet Cure?

Maze heart You are not alone - with outline 175 pix at 96 res“Is there a diet I could follow which would cure my A-Fib?”

No. Right now, we don’t know of any diet to “cure” your A-Fib. But you may be able to reduce or improve your A-Fib symptoms.

Start with a ‘heart healthy’ diet (and healthy lifestyle). There are lots of on-line resources and books about eating healthy for your heart. The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends the DASH” eating plan which reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Also see our FAQ answer to: “Is a whole food or organic diet helpful for patients with Atrial Fibrillation?

It’s likely you’ll receive little nutritional advice from your doctor or cardiologist.

Learn Your Triggers

For some A-Fib patients, a food or beverage seems to cause or trigger their A-Fib. Heavy consumption of alcohol may trigger A-Fib. Some report that caffeine in coffee is a trigger. You may want to try eliminating other stimulants (tea, chocolate, tobacco, MSG, sodas) and see if that helps your condition. A recent study from England suggests that eggs and poultry meat may cause or trigger A-Fib.

Keep a Food Log

Try keeping a diary of what you eat and drink. If you drink coffee for example, try not drinking any for one or two weeks. (Some patients claim to have been helped by eliminating all dairy products from their diet.)

To read more about possible triggers, see What are the Causes of A-Fib?/Triggers

Resources for this article
¤ U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, ¤ Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment Options, Catheter Ablation. The London AF Centre website. Last accessed March 29, 2014. URL:

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