One of the health issues I’m interested in is atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes the upper chambers (atria) of the heart to beat irregularly. The normal rhythm of the top parts of their hearts turn into more of a quiver, or fibrillation, than heartbeat. That’s bad because when the heart doesn’t beat in normal rhythm, it can’t pump blood through the body the way it’s supposed to, which may leave people feeling woozy or out of breath.
Brief episodes. or “palpitations,” may be blamed on stress or too much caffeine and might be harmless.
But for more than two million people, atrial fibrillation is serious and needs medical evaluation and care which may include prescription medications or other treatments.
There’s a wealth of information online about this condition and the medications and treatment options that are available to help people with atrial fibrillation, but I haven’t seen credible information about natural approaches until I came across a question-and-answer column titled Alternatives for Atrial Fibrillation? by Andrew Weil, MD.
For those who don’t already know that name, Dr. Weil is a medical doctor and integrative medicine (blending of conventional, or Western, medicine with alternative, or holistic, natural, or Eastern, medicine) expert and is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.
(Disclosure: I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Weil several years ago when one of his new natural health books was released.)
In his column, Dr. Weil suggests steps people can try – in addition to taking medications prescribed by their physicians – that may have a positive effect on atrial fibrillation and overall heart health.
If you’re interested in this condition or in heart health, this column is worth reading.
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