When it comes to keeping you healthy, your family doctor has a whole lot of tools at their disposal. They can prescribe you medication, refer you to a specialist, or in the most extreme cases, they can get you in for surgery. But, as patients with atrial fibrillation (or AFib) know all too well, your doctor’s advice can only get you so far.
Treating AFib relies on a combination of professional care, medication, and discipline in the kitchen. You may need to give up a few preferred menu items, but just know that being proactive at the grocery store can help substantially. So, what is AFib, and what food items should you do your best to avoid? Read on to find out more!
What Is AFib?
Weakness, reduced ability to exercise, lightheadedness, chest pain, and shortness of breath are all warning signs of atrial fibrillation. AFib is a fast-growing heart condition typified by recurring periods of fast or irregular heartbeats.
The symptoms mentioned above are common, but not absolute. Many AFib sufferers failed to report any symptoms at all. In fact, many AFib diagnoses come at the conclusion of a routine physical examination. As if you need another reason not to skip your annual check-up!