I’ve had 5 episodes of mixed AF/AFl in the last 2 weeks, some much more symptomatic than others. As many of you know I’ve tried all sorts to self convert - from driving over deep potholes at speed (unintentional) to vaso-vagal maneuvers, some worked sometimes and at others nothing worked and I just had to sit it out. Sometimes I could identify a trigger - virus or other infection, over exerting myself etc etc.
For many years I was convinced coffee, being a stimulant, should be avoided, ditto alcohol but for heavens sake - we need to live a life and I really enjoyed my coffee - so I talked to Nutritionist about it and this is what she said:- avoid any coffee that has been sat around stewing such as in a percolator or filter. Only have really good quality and preferably organically produced coffee. Only have coffee made through a pressure system machine. Only drink coffee with some sort of fat added - evidently camel’s or yak’s milk is best but there being a rarity of that in Devon - I plumped for full fat goat’s milk or coconut butter (bit oily but tastes really nice).
Now before you all shoot me down in flames - I’ve tried this 5 times - the first was accidental and the last 4 quite intentional and it has worked EVERY time. The first time I went into AF whilst shopping in town so thought I need to find somewhere to sit quietly and do some deep breathing and then thought - ahhh... sod it...I’m in fast AF anyway, I’ll have a coffee anyway (I will always drink a full glass of water with my coffee - continental thing). Well - by the time I had finished - flipped back into NSR.
Did the same thing at home - 4 times - including just now - taking Kardia readout and monitoring BP & sats Which were all fine by the way - HR between 105-150 before coffee now - 69 in NSR???!!
My only possible conclusion - like anti-Arrythmia drugs - any compound that has the capacity to trigger a Arrythmia reaction also has the possibility of stopping it.
Interesting how every Nutritionist I have ever met is a strong advocate of coffee.
Food for thought.
PS - I know I am contrarian - my husband tells every day - same coffee put his HR up from 62 - 105.