Atrial Fibrillation Home Remedies

Atrial fibrillation (a.k.a. A-fib or AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It causes abnormal heart function and increases the risk of stroke. Age, heavy alcohol use, drug abuse, sleep apnea, stress, medical procedures (surgery), and even obesity increase the risk of this condition. Heart disease can cause AF as well, so reducing your risk is one of the smartest things you can do.

Natural Remedies For Atrial Fibrillation

Red yeast rice

Statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs appear to reduce the risk of AF, so it would be wise to study red yeast rice supplements for this same purpose! (See the High Cholesterol section.)

Vitamin C and E. There is preliminary data suggesting that taking 1,000 to

2,000 milligrams of vitamin C the day before surgery and continuing for a week after surgery might reduce the stress and free-radical production associated with cardiac procedures, thereby reducing the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation. And at least five randomized trials have shown that vitamin E (400 IU), especially in older patients (60 and above), may reduce the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation by half. These supplements may decrease the length of your hospital stay as well. The bad news is that these trials do not score very high on the Moyad scale (see the Appendix for an explanation of how I evaluate studies), but thDo you suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease? What supplements can help you with Alzheimer’s Disease? Read this article to learn more in detail.e good news is that your doctor may be open to trying one of these options because postoperative atrial fibrillation is such a problem (and in most clinical trials the supplements were combined with conventional medicine, so it’s not like you’re taking one or the other).

NAC (N-acetylcysteine)

This is a precursor of L-cysteine and glutathione and helps prevent free radical damage. NAC is used for acetaminophen overdose and to break up mucus in chronic pulmonary disease, so perhaps it has a role in preventing damage to different tissues of the body. More than eight clinical trials found an almost 38 percent reduction in postoperative atrial fibrillation with NAC, and some studies reported an almost 80 percent reduction (but only one of them was good enough to pass the Moyad test for scoring studies discussed in the Appendix). Still, this is another interesting approach to discuss with your doctor before valve or cardiac surgery. Most studies gave NAC as an IV infusion, but one study used 600 milligrams per day, which is a standard dose in other areas of medicine. It appears that NAC does not reduce the length of hospital stay at this time.

Magnesium

This is used by some doctors in European countries for postoperative atrial fibrillation, and it’s usually given as an infusion. Higher-quality studies have not shown as consistent a benefit as with conventional medicines, but the greater lesson here is that you should talk to your doctor about increasing or normalizing your intake of magnesium and potassium before and after procedures that increase the risk of AF. These two electrolytes are critical to maintaining healthy heart function, and most individuals do not get close to the recommended daily allowance (4,700 milligrams per day for potassium and 320 to 420 milligrams per day for magnesium).

What Supplements Are Useless For Treating Atrial Fibrillation?

Omega-3s

In arguably the largest randomized trial ever conducted to prevent postoperative AF (the OPERA study), no benefit was found for moderate to large doses of these supplements compared to a placebo. The trial included more than 1,600 patients scheduled for cardiac surgery in 28 medical centers in the US, Italy, and Argentina and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Miscellaneous

There are more supplements that can cause AF than can control or cure it, including aloe vera, bitter orange, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng products containing added stimulants, gossypol, guarana, hawthorn, horny goat weed, licorice, oleander, and St. John’s wort.

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