This is my first post. In June 2012 I was diagnosed with AFIB & Heart Failure. My pulse rate was 160. The hospital cardiologist decided to treat me with the powerful drugs which they routinely prescribe instead of trying a cardioversion. Three miserable years later, after trying beta-blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers etc. all of which made my blood pressure go too low but didn't reduce my pulse to below 100 I finally had a cardioversion on 1st. July 2015. I was supposed to be on Amiodarone for four weeks prior to the cardioversion but I declined to have it because of its track record of causing fibrosis of the lungs, plus optical and many other irreversible medical problems.
Despite refusing amiodarone the cardioversion worked on the first attempt of a possible three. After 5 days I am still in normal sinus rhythm with a pulse between 60 & 75, but because there is a high failure rate I now worry that I will suddenly revert to AFIB. I was told to stop Digoxin immediately but continue with Carvedilol, Furosemide and Warfarin.
Has anyone got any useful advice for me about exercise, diet etc. to help me stay in sinus rhythm? I don't smoke or drink wine or spirits but have always liked a glass of modest strength beer, or shandy.
Does anyone have any opinion about Coconut Water, which is now sold in all the major stores and is supposed to contain electrolytes which are good for the heart-potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium.
Would like to say that I am very grateful to the organisers of this site and the many contributors who describe their experiences.