Nutrition and Dining
AFib and Food Choices
If you suspect that you have AFib, or have been diagnosed with it, you may feel concerned or even fearful about the changes you’ll encounter as you seek to manage the condition. Although each person will have their own unique experience with AFib and will find different ways to manage the changes.
We have all cultivated nutritional habits, and AFib may push you into making some diet-related habit adjustments, particularly if you are taking medication. However, a healthy diet is important for everyone so if AFib serves as a trigger to help you choose healthier foods, perhaps people in your family will join you and you’ll all get healthier together as you learn what works best for managing atrial fibrillation.
Research shows that you can improve your AFib experience, reduce the burden of your AFib, and give yourself the best odds for AFib prevention by maintaining a healthy weight.
Some foods — even healthy ones — can make certain anticoagulants less effective. Healthy eating is critical for everyone. But those living with Atrial Fibrillation who have been prescribed the anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin) should be aware that it can become less effective when foods are consumed that are high in vitamin K. These dietary modifications are not an issue with the NOACs because they work by a different mechanism and do not generally have food interactions.
Does the quality of my diet affect my AFib? In some ways, the quality of our nutrition influences everything about our health, from immunity to ability to recover after a surgery to reversing many chronic conditions. There has also been research indicating that you can prevent AFib and lessen the impact of your AFib through maintaining a healthy weight.
If you’re on medications to treat your AFib, it’s important to be informed about food interactions that can interfere with your medications.