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Are there any conditions or triggers to which an AF heart can go back to normal on its own accord?


E.G could mild exercise bounce it back, natural supplements, foods etc. I'm starting the blood thinners soon with a Cardioversion on the horizon. But in the meantime...

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Hi Mark

if I remember correctly, you're a youngster (under 40 which is young for most of us) and have only been in for a few weeks?

I'm not sure that anyone can give you a definitive answer to this, lots of people have lots of theories about triggers and other conditions which might cause AF but there has been so little research that it's really hard to pick any one of the theories and run very far with it currently.

The good news is that as a "youngster" and recently in AF you have a much greater chance of a CV working, and if that does not work permanently much greater chance of an ablation working.

So overall you are in a better position than you might think.

Anyway may I mention, that you are not taking "blood thinners" but an anti-coagulant. Firstly because they don't actually thin the blood in any way, it's a complete misnomer, but also because the term blood thinner is emotive and scares people off what is a perfectly straightforward drug regime to anti-coagulate us all.

I know too many nurses and doctors still use the term, but Hey we have finally managed to educate them about aspirin, perhaps we can educate them further about their own wrong terminology?

Be well and hope this helps



AF is such a mongrel condition that I am sure many answers will come for this but may not work for you.. As a point of interest and to avoid confusion please do not refer to anticoagulants as blood thinners. They aren't. Some people are easily confused and believe that the blood does actually get thinner. It does not, the viscosity staying the same whatever. The drugs change the rate at which your blood clots thus helping to stop thrombii and prevent strokes.. Sadly this dangerous description has gained credence in the press and we do all we can here to stop it.. Don't we Beancounter/. lol

Good luck with the cardioversion when you get there.


I have never had a cardioversion and my A.F. stops on its own when it feels like it! However over the years I have had more and more time in A.F. and less in normal sinus rhythm. I'm now on a rhythm control med awaiting ablation. I think some people on here have written that they can stop episodes by doing some exercise. X

I can normally get my heart back in NSR using a combination of flec as soon as I notice the AF (always around midnight) and then running up and down the stairs in the morning. It's not an exact science and doesn't always work, but it's fun trying. I challenge myself on how many ascents I can do before nearly falling over.

It's definitely not for everyone, but I'm in my 30s and reasonably fit.

in reply to AndyBee

Hi Andy - forgive me I'm feeling a bit dumb but what's Flec?

in reply to MarkoVan

Sorry, Mark, I should have been clearer. Flecainide - a rhythm control drug.

Suggest you read posts from srm grandma , who has seemingly reversed the progress of the disease by dietary changes.

good luck

Hi , don't have many attacks thank God ! but when I do is not long after getting in bed , find if I sit up quick then move about quickly it goes ! . Might not work for all ,but worth a try , good luck

As has been remarked, there is no "catch all" solution which applies to everyone, but I suppose I fall into the mild exercise category because I find that climbing one of a couple of steep hills (well, I think they're steep - other's might describe them as a mound!) close to where I live does the trick about 50% of the time.

I get par AF about once a month and use cycling to try and kick heart back into normal rhtthm. It works most of the time. I also find having to gear myself up for a presentation or contribution to a meeting can also work. I have also stopped all alcohol which has made a big difference and I think AF is reducing in frequency. Also trialing taking sea salt when in AF, early days, but has stopped early signs developing to full AF a couple of times. Might be due to keeping salt content high, I exercise (cycle) a lot so lose salt in sweat. Gone last 2 months with no AF, but sometinmes it comes back and bites you! I am 65.

It's early days for trials for me, but I find the following helps (I think): go to bed a bit earlier so you don't flop down on the pillow, 30 seconds of light jogging before laying down and after laying down a few fairly rapid deep breaths slowly reducing to normal breaths. No science behind this, as woolly as it sounds I am just trying to listen to my feelings.

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