If you have atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm), you are probably taking a prescription blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin), to help prevent blood clots. Atrial fibrillation tends to occur with age, as electrical conductance of the heart goes awry. People with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of blood clots, stroke and heart failure, so it is important to regulate your heart rhythm as best you can. Many natural therapies can help. Studies demonstrate that consuming oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids five or more times weekly can lower your risk by almost one-third or, in some cases, resolve abnormal rhythm in those who already have it. I recommend that my patients consume cold water fish, such as sardines and wild salmon (broiled or baked), three times a week and also take fish oil supplements containing 1,500 milligrams (mg) of combined eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). I also suggest taking the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (100 mg two to three times daily), the amino acid L-carnitine (1,500 mg twice daily) and magnesium (200 mg twice daily). Talk to your doctor before taking these supplements, especially if you take blood thinners.

Statins May Help Your Heartbeat

With atrial fibrillation, the heart quivers instead of beating normally. Blood pools and clots may form, increasing stroke risk.

New research: Postmenopausal women with heart disease who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were 55% less likely to develop atrial fibrillation than women who did not.

Wise: Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of statins.

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