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Food and Atrial Fibrillation: Good Eats and Bad

Food and Atrial Fibrillation: Good Eats and Bad

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) regularly ask their physicians what foods, beverages and other exposures might trigger the arrhythmia and those who may be at risk want to know how to avoid developing A. A significant component of treating AF is counseling patients on lifestyle and diet choices, an intervention that should be as much a part of every visit as a discussion on oral anticoagulation options and on rate vs rhythm control.

Find out what you know about the evidence associating AF with the 6 foods and substances that follow—many of your patients in primary care may use 1 or several of these on a regular basis. For each option, choose whether it is associated with (A) reduced risk of atrial fibrillation, (B) increased risk of atrial fibrillation or (C) no known association with atrial fibrillation.

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