Also indexed as: Arrhythmia (Cardiac), Irregular Heartbeat, Atrial Fibrillation, Sick Sinus Syndrome, Supraventricular Premature Beats, Tachyarrhythmias (Cardiac), Ventricular Premature Beats
When your heart skips, you may feel dizzy or anxious. Although an irregular heartbeat is often harmless, it should be treated with care. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
- Cut the caffeine
Reduce the frequency of some arrhythmias by cutting back on coffee and other caffeinated products
- Mix in some magnesium
Under a doctor’s supervision, take daily supplements containing 350 to 400 mg of this essential mineral for fewer episodes
- Check out potassium
Ask your doctor if 1,000 mg a day of this essential mineral may help treat your arrhythmia
- Don’t forget the fish oil
Take capsules containing 2.4 grams of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids every day to reduce the frequency of irregular heartbeats
- See a heart-health expert
Visit a healthcare professional knowledgeable in cardiology to get a thorough evaluation, and for supervision when using natural substances to treat cardiac arrhythmia
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