Slippery Elm has helped me considerably with an AF related problem, which seems to be a first on the AF site.
I am 82 and have Persistent AF with no co-morbidities and take plenty of exercise. My EP says I do not need medication (except Apixaban) and that my condition will not deteriorate (I find this surprising). He likens me to a car with 4 gears, not 5.
I usually go for a walk in the afternoon and, a couple of months ago, I started to get constriction in my chest at the start or on a hill and had to slow down or even stop. My pulse rate was not affected and once things had settled down, I could walk on without a problem but perhaps only with 3 ½ gears. The problem seemed to be stomach related and, on checking my diet, I found some foods (eg apples, potatoes, rich puds) were worse than others. Whilst waiting for an EP appointment, I tried taking an anti-acid tablet before walking or after suspect foods and this proved to be a great help. Not wanting to be stuck with anti-acids, I talked to a herbalist who suggested Slippery Elm. Success! Virtual elimination of problem.
I have now seen the EP who says my condition is still stable. It appears that the tightness in my chest was due to competition between my stomach and my body for a limited amount of energy, particularly when the food was difficult to digest. He didn’t seem to think that any Vagal implications needed exploring but I shall work on this aspect. He was amused by the Slippery Elm solution and saw nothing against it. Any views?
Thanks to everyone who posts on this site – you have been a great help to me in understanding my condition and tackling the associated problems.