What diet is best for AFIB?

I am 70 years old and have had diabeties since 2000 and got afib in 2002. I would like to have some information on the best diet for these two. I also need to lose approx. 70 lbs. A list of any vitamins/minerals that I should be on. I have a pacemaker and take metroprol 25mg am and pm. I am in Afib all the time but I don't notice unless my rate goes up over 100. I have a lot of stress in my life and take an occassional Xanax .25 mg.



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  • There is a diet which reverses heart disease and can cure diabetes, and that is a Whole Foods Plant Based diet. Many people no longer need their diabetes medication or blood pressure medication after a few months of a change of diet. I started to eat this way 2 years ago when I was "pre-diabetic" and it has completely normalized my blood sugar. My EP was actually the person who sent me to class for this lifestyle change and encourages all of his AF patients to eat this way for heart health. You can find great recipes at forksoverknives.com A wonderful new book to read is How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD. I recently got certified in Plant Based Nutrition by Cornell University and would be happy to answer any specifics if you would like to message me.

  • Thanks for the reply, I will look into it.

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    Is this diet ok if you are on warfarin? So many things you have to avoid.

  • yes, it is completely fine if you are on warfarin. Consistency is key.

  • Thanks for the reply.

  • While a low carb, high fat diet may cause some to lose weight it can be seriously harmful for people with heart disease. Also, there is an enormous difference between eliminating carbohydrates such as simple sugars (skip the donuts, cakes, and candy) and eliminating carbs such as whole grains and vegetables which have fiber that are key in stabilizing blood sugar, keeping blood vessels healthy for heart healthy and maintaining colon health.

  • I found managing my diet to minimise fructose helped reduce the frequency and severity of PAF attacks. Since this fits with a reduction in carbohydrates in the diet it would probably help the diabetes too.

  • Thanks I have a lot to think about.

  • Here is more food for thought . Diabetes and heart disease usually go hand in hand.

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