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AFIB triggers

Just had a brief episode of AFIB, I have identified the trigger as liquorice!

Had my first few pieces of lovely liquorice for ages last night and almost immediately went into AFIB.

I suffered persistant AFIB until flecainide eventually got me back into sinus rhythm over a year ago.

Previous episodes were caused by cold remedies containing Phenylephrine Hydrochloride, and good old stress.

Just thought I'd post this as a heads up to fellow sufferers.

Anyone else out there know of other triggers we Affibbers should avoid?

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Liquorice contains glycyrrhizin (this gives it its sweet favour). This can cause the kidneys to release potassium which in some individuals can cause palpitations and/or A Fib. Try a couple of pieces of dark chocolate as an alternative as it contains antioxidants and does not cause heart disturbances.

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