I see people from all over the world with atrial fibrillation, or as it’s affectionately known, AFIB. This heart condition is affecting millions of people and the incidence is on the rise.
Blog posts on our site teach WHY you have atrial fibrillation and also the Foods to Eat if you have atrial fibrillation.
The article is about your options with atrial fibrillation. I have covered blood thinners for atrial fibrillation in a previous post.
In my world you have 3 different options for atrial fibrillation treatment. You can do all of them, none of them, or a combination. Like ALL health care decisions, the choice is yours, the educated patient. The days of the doctor-bully are over. This is the age of information.
Drugs are the most common way that cardiologists treat atrial fibrillation. Pharma can be very effective, but also very dangerous. In the drug category are those that attempt to convert atrial fibrillation back to normal sinus rhythm, known as rhythm control, AND drugs used to control the heart rate in those with atrial fibrillation, known as rate control.
The rhythm control drugs include names like amiodarone, flecainide, propafenone, and sotalol. Dofetilide is the newest of the bunch and requires a 3-day hospitalization to monitor your heart and make sure you don’t die. Sign me up, right? Amiodarone can be very toxic to your thyroid, liver, and other organs. My choice in this group is flecainide if I HAD to use one.
Rate control includes Beta-blockers like metoprolol and atenolol, calcium-channel blockers like verapamil and diltiazem, and digoxin. These all have side effects, but not as dangerous as the rhythm drugs.
Over the last 20 years, methods to “burn” out the atrial fibrillation have been developed. This can be done by a surgeon during open heart surgery OR more commonly, by a specialized cardiologist known as an electrophysiologist. In the above picture, you can see the areas of the atria that cause problems leading to AFIB.
Two different types of ablation are possible. Hot ablation or cold cryoablation. They are equally effective at about 70% of the time in studies done on healthy, middle-age white men with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. That means rhythm was back and forth to normal. This group has the highest success rates. The following picture depicts what is done in cryoablation.
Complications occur up to 6% of the time including puncturing the heart and even death. Additionally, the procedure requires a large amount of radiation, so the cardiologist can see where they are going.
My opinion is to save ablation as a last option. Sometimes a cardioversion is done to shock the heart back to normal.
Finally, if you choose an ablation, you will have the best chance of success if you are at your healthiest. Living the lifestyle recommended in my book and getting the best blood testing in the world as recommended in my book is critical to your success. Come out to AZ and let’s talk about it. We can also have a phone call to discuss.
There is a reason you have atrial fibrillation. Lack of drugs or ablations is not a reason. Reasons for AFIB are many and covered in other posts on my site.
Here are some ideas for the natural treatment of atrial fibrillation. With paroxysmal (in and out of normal rhythm) AFIB, we can correct it with the following:
Should you take all the above supplements? I think they all have a role in your treatment plan. Here is a strategy with the above
All the above with food. Don’t forget to take your MULTI as well, 2 caps 2x per day.
There is a better way. Even if you opt for drugs and/or surgery, upgrade yourself with the above recommendations so you have the best chance of success with the least chance of side effects.
Finally, if you want the best in holistic heart care, you are always welcome to come out to Arizona or schedule a phone conversation with Dr. Wolfson or his team.
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