EXERCISE AND DIET FOR THE AFIB HEART

THE AFIB DIET

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THE BIG 5

CAFFEINE

During one of my mountain bike training rides in 2011 I used an energy drink with caffeine in it. I know what all you “old” afibbers will think – are you mad!!-. I can’t remember if I just did not think or if somebody gave it to me during the ride, but all I know is that I took it. We did a 65 km route (about 3 hours) and nothing happened during the ride, that was the Monday. On the Tuesday morning I felt something was wrong, but thought it could be my stomach. My heart was not racing, it was more of a sort of irregular beat, uncomfortable feeling, and thumping inside my chest. It was difficult to describe but I knew something was not right.

Well that Thursday morning I was in hospital with afib.

My experience is that “normal” intake of caffeine with coffee is OK, but any other caffeine-filled energy drinks, snack bars or supplements must be avoided.

 

ALCOHOL

It can put your heart in afib, because like caffeine it also is a stimulant. So I enjoy light beers and red wine, but know that stronger drinks are dangerous. I am embarrassed to say that one night of too much, mixed with an early morning mountain bike ride put me into afib.

 

MAGNESIUM

A deficiency in magnesium has been linked to irregular heartbeat and many other health conditions. Most of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones,  and is very important for the health of your heart and bones. Although only 1% of magnesium is stored in you blood the doctor will test your blood to see if your magnesium levels are alright when you have an afib attack. The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) is 420 mg/day for men and 320 mg/day for women afibbers.org

There are many magnesium supplements available.

Is magnesium so important?  Well a book “The Magnesium Factor” by M.S. Seelig, MD, MPH and A. Rosanoff, PhD , says it is and may answer that question (I have not read it yet).

CALCIUM

High calcium levels can cause Afib as mentioned in, http://blog.parathyroid.com/atrial-fibrillation-high-calcium/

 

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is required for optimum absorption of magnesium.It is important to get adequate sun (vitamin D) exposure daily or to take a vitamin D-3 supplement when using oral replenishment of magnesium afibbers.org

AFIB EXERCISE

REGULAR

Keep on with regular exercise, but think of afib exercise, and don’t think that if you did a marathon a year ago you can do it again without any preparation, ok bad example, but you understand what I mean. Ease into it if you have not been exercising for a while.

Exercise is good for the afib heart, read this new  research: Exercise pays dividends

MODERATE

Yes! moderate is different for you and me, but keep it moderate for your standards pre-afib. My feeling is that with ball sports you are mainly driven by the chase for the ball, and then you may go over your limit, as in squash/racquetball (racketball in the UK). At Wikipedia under the section, you can read more about some of the opinions about how good or bad squash is for your heart. My opinion is high level/competitive squash can put your heart in afib, but moderate squash can be very good for your health, don’t let the ball rule your heart!

One of the big questions is “Does long-time participation in endurance damage your heart?” In a post by Dr Larry Creswell he talked about a study mentioned in Circulation done by Philipp Bohm and his colleagues from the  Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University in Germany, where he came to the conclusion that ” long-time participation in endurance sports does not necessarily result in unexplained fibrosis in the heart”.

For now, I love to mountain bike and it is my preferred sport, I love to Janco afib exercise MTB stillbe outdoors and the lower impact and heart rate is good for my afib heart.

 

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