Top Foods to Avoid and to Eat When Diagnosed With Atrial Fibrillation

As per most of the physicians, artrial fibrillation is one of the major heart disease that can be life threatening. The symptoms can vary like exhaustion, dizziness, and if it is not treated in the right manner, then ultimately it would lead to heart failure, blood clots, strokes, etc. Living a healthy life is what most of us wants and it is not something of the distant past.

So, what is the solution? To put into simple terms, one must know the various foods to consume and avoid in order to avoid atrial fibrillation. Some of the food items that you must stay away from are –


As per your diet containing salt, it is better if you consume less of it. As per the most of the doctors and physicians about 1,500 mg of sodium is consumed by people who have high blood pressure. Now salt is the major actor who induces and elevates the blood pressure. And a higher blood pressure means increasing the chances of the atrial fibrillation.


Do you know that caffeine is the major offender in creating a great amount of havoc between your heart and blood flow. It not only increases the heart pressure by even stimulates the system, making it trigger the atrial fibraillation.


It is a common fact known by most people that processed meat are filled with unhealthy additives and for most of the PETA followers, it is a quite disheartening issue. Recent studies have shown that cured meat has a huge amount of compound tyramine, that would increase the blood pressure and even cause all kinds of irregular heart movements.

Like the normal blood pressure, there are various food one must really avoid and have to follow a certain diet. Clearly, avoiding those foods and cutting back on such high fatty food would be helpful and one must indeed add specific food contents in their diet.

The following are the food that one must consume while suffering from atrial fibrillation –


Often referred as the Terminalia arjuna, this is a traditional ayurvedic food item. It is nothing but a tree bark that is commonly used by Ayurvedic practitioners to treat all kinds of heart problems which includes arrhythmia, stroke, etc. For centuries, it is considered as the most important heart tonic as it gives the heart enough antioxidants and flavonoids along with minerals to control the heart beats.

Avocados and Bananas

Those food items that have a rich amount of potassium can assist in regulating the functions of the heart. Such food is the best choice to fight against blood pressure. Citrus fruits, bananas, juices, potatoes, avocados, etc are the best source of potassium. It should be even consumed when the blood pressure is low.


Walnuts are the best food items which have high concentrated alpha linolenic acids. These are nothing but omega-3 fatty acid and are known to provide extensive benefits to the heart. Most of the health specialist always recommends to consume food rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Even flaxseeds are quite beneficial and contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

By going through the list of the food items given above, you can not only reduce the amount of atrial fibrillation, but beat it for good.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.

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