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How to Help Prevent Afib Heart Failures

Afib Heart Failures

Recent news reveals that heart attacks and strokes might have an additional cause: irregular heartbeats.


There's a type of irregular heartbeat that doctors are now increasingly worried about. It's called atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib is when the upper chamber of your heart beats irregularly in a rapid fashion. This causes slower blood flow, which can cause clots. If clots form, they can travel to the brain and cause strokes. Researchers found that Afib increases risk for stroke by up to 600 percent – and this risk increases as you get older.

But now doctors discovered that for Afib sufferers the risk of heart failure is even greater than the risk for stroke. Afib sufferers also have a 61 percent increased risk of heart disease, which could be because 9 out of 10 Afib sufferers have high blood pressure. They also found that Afib increases risk for kidney disease too.

But if you think atrial fibrillation is a rare disease – think again. The American Heart Association reports that almost 3 million Americans have it right now. Afib is something some people are born with, but researcher Ayodele Odutayo says that any condition, like thyroid disease, that causes irregular impulses in the heart can cause Afib.

Natural Ways to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

If you've been diagnosed with Afib, Healthline advises a few ways you can lessen your risk for stroke and heart failure:

Avoid stimulants, like coffee. These increase your heart rate, which may worsen Afib. Over-the-counter weight loss meds can also act as stimulants – so stay away from them too.

Stay away from cigarettes. Cigarettes cause lung cancer and have also been shown to cause Afib. Afib sufferers who quit smoking testified an improvement in their Afib symptoms.

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Don't drink alcohol. Alcoholic beverages have also been found to increase your risk for Afib.

Eat a healthy diet. Your heart needs nutrients like potassium, calcium, and magnesium – so make sure you're eating fruits and veggies. Limit your carbs and greasy fast foods to lower your risk for clogged blood vessels and cardiovascular disease.

Take fish oil. Fish oil has been linked with improving irregular heartbeats.

Even If You Don't Have Afib, You Can Still Help

You can help Afib sufferers with their condition by learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Researchers found that 15 to 20 percent of heart attacks happen in public, in a non-medical location. They found that when bystanders perform CPR on someone having a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival are boosted between 50 to 100 percent. When bystanders perform CPR before trained medical help arrives, the patient is more than 20 percent likely to have his heart's rhythm started.

Not only that, when bystanders perform CPR before the medical team arrives, the patient's quality of life is improved post-treatment.

Taking a CPR class helps you save lives. You'll not only learn how to perform CPR, but also how to spot when someone's having a heart attack. As a bonus, you'll learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). You can also apply what you learn if you save someone from drowning. For more information on what you'll learn in a CPR class, please see: http://newcastletraining.com/classes/cpr-classes-certification

Atrial fibrillation can cause heart attacks and strokes, but you can save 20 percent of heart attack sufferers by learning CPR. If you have Afib, you can lessen your symptoms and risk for heart failure and stroke by staying away from coffee and alcohol and sticking to a healthy, low-carb diet.