#327 Does Stress Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

Does Stress Cause Atrial Fibrillation? How dangerous is stress for people suffering from atrial fibrillation? Will keeping stress levels in check help with your AFib? In this article, I'll do my best to answer the question, does stress cause atrial fibrillation. Evangelina's Experience with Stress and AFib Evangelina was 57 years old when she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. It had been two years since her husband passed away suddenly of a heart attack and, while she missed him desperately, life was…

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#326 How To Lose 100 Pounds

How to lose 100 pounds Have you ever wondered what happens to the “biggest losers” on reality TV shows? When the cameras stop rolling, do their incredible transformations stick? Not usually. Researchers have found, in fact, that these contestants’ crash diets send their metabolism into a tailspin, making long-term weight maintenance nearly impossible. In most cases, the weight comes right back and, even six years later, their metabolism is slower than it was before they started filming. This is what…

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#325 Blood Thinners versus Watchman for Atrial Fibrillation: Which is Best?

Blood Thinners versus Watchman for Atrial Fibrillation: Which is Best? No one wants an stroke and most of my AFib patients at higher risk for stroke don't want to take a blood thinner for life. Fortunately, AFib patients at low-risk for stroke don't require blood thinners. But for those who have to take a blood thinner, are there any alternatives? In this article we'll discuss AFib strokes, the role of the left atrial appendage, and whether blood thinners or Watchman…

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#324 How to Exercise without Getting Atrial Fibrillation (Podcast)

Dear readers, Recently I went on the Wise Athletes Podcast to discuss how to exercise without getting AFib. We covered all topics related to exercise, AFib, and why athletes seem to be particularly at risk for AFib. If you love to exercise as much as I do this is definitely a podcast you won't want to miss! Thanks for listening! John Wise Athletes Podcast episode website

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#323 The 12 Best Ways to Fix Atrial Fibrillation with Sleep

The 12 Best Ways to Fix Atrial Fibrillation with Sleep Whenever people try to get healthier, and no matter what the underlying reason for that effort, they almost always start with diet and exercise. Those are two very important factors, but without addressing a third factor—sleep—they are almost assuredly doomed to fail in their efforts to eat better and exercise more. In this article, I'm going to give you my 11 best ways to fix atrial fibrillation with sleep. Most of Us Are…

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#322 The 11 Worst Medications For Causing Atrial Fibrillation

The 11 Worst Medications Causing Atrial Fibrillation Could one of your medications actually be causing your AFib? Over the years I've seen a number of patients either significantly decrease their AFib episodes or even put their AFib into remission for a few years just by getting off an AFib causing medication. For those who needed a particular medication, catheter ablation was very helpful in eliminating the AFib so that they could continue to take their necessary medication. Below are my…

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#321 The 7 Most Important AFib Triggers to Avoid

The 7 Most Important AFib Triggers to Avoid A new study was just published identifying the most important AFib triggers to avoid. Avoiding AFib triggers is incredibly important for AFib patients and something we covered in our best-selling book, The AFib Cure. In this article, I discuss the 7 most important AFib triggers to avoid based on published medical studies and my 30 years of experience caring for AFib patients. What are your AFib triggers? While most of my patients…

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#320 Is Caloric Density the Secret to Eating as Much as You Want without Gaining Weight?

Is Caloric Density the Secret to Eating as Much as You Want without Gaining Weight? By Kate Clemens with John Day Is there a way to never feel hungry again and not gain weight? One answer is to mostly eat only those foods with the absolute lowest caloric density. In other words, a low caloric density means you want the most food you can get on your plate with the least amount of calories. And in this article, we'll teach…

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#319 Dr. Day’s 8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Studies show that up to 90% of all Americans will have high blood pressure by age 50! But yet isolated groups of people cut off from our modern lifestyles have normal blood pressures in the range of 110/70 mmHg throughout their lives without the need for medications. If your goal is to optimize for normal sinus rhythm, a heart free of disease, and a long healthy life, you have to…

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#318 Dr. Day’s 13 Simple Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work

13 Simple Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work Authored by Kate Clemens with Dr. John Day As Dr. Day revealed in his book, The Longevity Plan, he has struggled to maintain a healthy weight since high school. Indeed, 84% of all Americans report that they have tried to lose weight. Below are our 13 simple weight loss tips that actually work for us and our patients. 1. Diets Don't Work, Lifestyles Do You go on a diet and then you…

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#317 Can You Exercise with AFib?

Can You Exercise with AFib? Can you exercise with AFib? And if so, how high can your heart rate go before it is unsafe? We all know that exercise is good for you but does that still hold if you're in AFib? If you or a loved one has AFib, read on to learn more. Can Exercise Cause AFib? Most of my patients are shocked to learn that people who run marathons, competitively cycle, or do Ironman triathlons are five times…

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#316 The 4 Best Reasons Why Intermittent Fasting May Prevent Atrial Fibrillation (and an early death)

The 4 Best Reasons Why Intermittent Fasting May Prevent AFib Fasting has been shown to slow aging and help most chronic medical conditions but can intermittent fasting also prevent atrial fibrillation? In this article, I'll share everything you need to know about intermittent fasting's role in atrial fibrillation prevention. Why Did I Write this Article? My long-term readers know I've always been impressed by the strong data supporting intermittent fasting for longevity and cardiovascular health. Indeed, both of our books,…

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#315 The 7 Best Ways to Stop an AFib Attack

The 7 Best Ways to Stop an AFib Attack If you find yourself experiencing a very occasional incident of AFib, you need not panic provided you aren't about to pass out, you're experiencing chest discomfort, or you're short of breath. Of course, if AFib is happening repeatedly then you need to see your cardiac electrophysiologist or "EP" as soon as possible. An EP is a cardiologist who has had two additional years of training in arrhythmias following their cardiology board…

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#314 Is Fish Oil Still Good for the Heart and Longevity?

Is Fish Oil Still Good for the Heart and Longevity? Is fish oil still good for the heart? Ten or 20 years ago I would have said most definitely for the heart and possibly for longevity. Now, I'm not so sure. But before we jump into this article, let me share with you 6 reasons why I have taken fish oil in the past. Six Reasons Why I've Taken Fish Oil 1. Fish Oil May Lower Blood Pressure 1-2 Points…

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#313 Get Out of AFib as soon as Possible

Get Out of AFib as soon as Possible A recent study reported that your risk of cardiac death, stroke, or hospitalization could be decreased by 22% if you can get out of AFib as soon as possible. If you're feeling okay, is there really a rush to get your heart back in rhythm? In this article we discuss the research behind the title of this article--get out of AFib as soon as possible. EAST-AF Study The EAST-AF Study was the recent…

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#312 Is Vitamin D Good for the Heart, Longevity, and Atrial Fibrillation?

Is Vitamin D Good for the Heart, Longevity, and Atrial Fibrillation? My answer to is vitamin D good for the heart, longevity, and atrial fibrillation is changing based on the most recent studies. While low vitamin D levels are definitely associated with heart attacks, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, longevity, cancer, infections, premature death, dementia, etc. it is becoming increasingly clear that taking a vitamin D supplement may not decrease the risk of any of these bad things happening. So what…

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#311 Ablation or Drugs First for Atrial Fibrillation?

Ablation or Drugs First for Atrial Fibrillation? Should you do ablation or drugs first for atrial fibrillation? Technically, I would argue neither as studies show that with aggressive lifestyle changes, including weight loss, up to 50% of atrial fibrillation cases can be put into remission without drugs or procedures! Assuming you have already tried lifestyle changes, let's discuss next options--ablation or drugs first for atrial fibrillation based on three recently published meta-analysis studies. Background Information If you're not sure what…

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#310 10 Tools To Combat Sugar Cravings

10 Tools To Combat Sugar Cravings By Kate Clemens Added sugars in the diet is one of the leading causes of weight gain. And as you know, keeping those extra pounds off is critical to avoiding heart disease - especially atrial fibrillation. Below are 10 tools to combat sugar cravings. 1. Hydrate Often sugar cravings are a sign of dehydration.  Before you give in to that sweet tooth because to quench your thirst.  You may just find that craving loses…

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#309 10 Bad Conditions Linked to Low Magnesium

10 Bad Conditions Linked to Low Magnesium By Kate Clemens Low magnesium levels have been linked to the following 10 bad conditions:  atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, cardiac arrests, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, headaches, osteoporosis, and cancer.  Clearly, no one wants any of these conditions.  Scientific literature shows that magnesium intake has decreased over the years especially in the Western world.  Deficiency is not uncommon among the general population and prominent cardiologists have even called magnesium deficiency a…

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#308 9 Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Potassium

9 Signs You Aren't Getting Enough Potassium By Kate Clemens I was surprised to hear from Dr. John Day, the author of “The Longevity Plan” and “The AFib Cure”, that most patients in his practice aren’t getting enough potassium in their diet.  He even tracked his own potassium intake with the Cronometer app and learned how hard it is to get the recommended daily amount - which will be noted later in this article.  It makes one wonder, could the…

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#307 The Promise of The Atrial Fibrillation Cure

The Promise of The Atrial Fibrillation Cure Our latest book, The Atrial Fibrillation Cure, comes out today! For the week leading up to the release, The Atrial Fibrillation Cure has maintained a Number 1 New Release status on Amazon. This book is the ultimate source for anyone suffering from this condition. And let me share with you the "promise" of The Atrial Fibrillation Cure which is what you'll read in the first 11 pages of the book. ___________________________________________________________ Much of…

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#306 The Top 10 Atrial Fibrillation Triggers

The Top 10 Atrial Fibrillation Triggers A few years back, my good friend, Mellanie True Hills, the founder of the StopAF.org website, teamed up with researchers from the University of California at San Francisco in an effort to better understand atrial fibrillation triggers. What they found in their investigation was that people who are healthier usually have definitive triggers, while people who are less healthy might not even require a trigger to push their heart out of rhythm. They also…

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#305 The 9 Secrets of The Longevity Plan Diet

The Longevity Plan Diet The centenarians of China's Longevity Village, home to the highest percentage of centenarians in the world as described in our book The Longevity Plan, eat as they have always have--A bit of animal meat, but not much. Nothing processed. No added sugars. And, owing to the fact that most Chinese are lactose intolerant, no dairy products. Lots of roots and tubers. Lots of wild fruits, garden vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Whole grains, never refined, and…

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#304 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Willpower to Eat Better in 2021

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Willpower to Eat Better in 2021 In this article, I'll share 3 ways that have worked for thousands of my patients to strengthen your willpower to eat right.  While we all want to eat right but it always seems like life somehow gets in the way and derails our willpower.  But if your "WHY" is strong, temptations can be eliminated, and your support is strong enough then willpower is no longer needed. 1. Find Your "WHY"…

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#303 4 Reasons Why Sinus Rhythm Beats Atrial Fibrillation

4 Reasons Why Normal Sinus Rhythm Beats Atrial Fibrillation The long awaited EAST-AF Study was finally published and the results were compelling--normal sinus rhythm beats atrial fibrillation. If you or a loved one is battling atrial fibrillation the results of this study could completely change the way you and your cardiologist treats atrial fibrillation. No longer should atrial fibrillation be ignored--as long as it can be caught early hitting it hard is your best chance at maintaining normal sinus rhythm…

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#302 4 Scary Heart Problems Magnesium May Prevent

5 Scary Heart Problems Magnesium May Prevent No one wants unnecessary heart problems, especially scary heart problems magnesium may have prevented. In this article, I share the findings of a study of over 1 million people showing just how effective magnesium is at preventing the worst heart problems. The Million Person Magnesium Study To obtain the data of more than a million people, the researchers of this study had to pull the raw data from 40 individual studies. And when…

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#301 How Successful are Atrial Fibrillation Ablations?

How Successful are Atrial Fibrillation Ablations? Atrial fibrillation ablations may be the answer to when your heart is pounding away uncontrollably at 130, 140, or faster than 150 beats per minute and medications are no longer working. And while ablation procedures have had a bad rap for lots of redo procedures in the past, fortunately with the latest HD mapping technology all of that is rapidly changing. Our hospital has been at the forefront of making these procedures much safer,…

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#300 What is Happening to Your Heart with A-Fib? 3 Reasons Why You Got A-Fib

What is Happening to Your Heart with A-Fib? 3 Big Reasons Why You Got A-Fib Most patients I see every day want to know what is happening to their hearts and why they got A-Fib.  In this article, I discuss the 3 main why atrial fibrillation happens. 1.  Bad Genes (Familial A-Fib) Over one hundred genes are associated with atrial fibrillation.  And new genes are identified every year.  These A-Fib genes may code for any one of the various electrical…

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#299 The 10 Most Important Atrial Fibrillation Lab Tests: How to Optimize Your Biomarkers

The 10 Most Important Atrial Fibrillation Lab Tests No one wants to suffer from heart failure, strokes, or premature death from atrial fibrillation.  Wouldn't it be great if there were a few simple lab tests your doctor could order that would allow you to put your atrial fibrillation into remission?  In this article, I discuss the ten most important atrial fibrillation lab tests. 1.  C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Of all the blood tests your doctor could order for atrial fibrillation, C-Reactive…

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#298 The Atrial Fibrillation Diet: How to Beat A-Fib with Food

The Atrial Fibrillation Diet: How to Beat A-Fib with Food A lifetime of poor eating choices is one of the leading causes of atrial fibrillation that I see in my cardiology practice.  Wouldn't it be great if there was an atrial fibrillation diet that could reverse atrial fibrillation without the need for drugs or procedures?  In this article, I'll share the science behind the Atrial Fibrillation Diet and teach you everything you need to know to beat atrial fibrillation with…

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#297 Can You Exercise Too Much?

Can You Exercise Too Much? Most people would be thrilled to have their doctor tell them that they shouldn't exercise too much.  Can you really exercise too much?  In this article, I'll share the latest research findings on exercise with regards to lifespan, brain health, and arrhythmias. Does Exercise Increase Longevity? As we discussed in our best selling book, The Longevity Plan, at the cellular level studies show that exercise adds 10 years to your lifespan.  The great thing about…

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#296 17 Ways to Increase Your Heart Rate Variability and Life Expectancy

17 Ways to Increase Your Heart Rate Variability and Life Expectancy Your heart rate variability (HRV) number may be the single best predictor of your overall health, fitness, and longevity.  Your HRV number, and how far it strays from your baseline, can tell you how much mental or physical stress your heart is seeing.  In this article, I will teach you how to determine your HRV number in five minutes and then how to increase your heart rate variability. For…

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#295 5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Heart Rate Variability Number

5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Heart Rate Variability Number While knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose numbers are all important, perhaps your most important health number is the one you probably have never heard about.  Indeed, heart rate variability (HRV) may be your best overall marker of health, fitness, and longevity.  HRV tells you how much mental or physical stress your heart is experiencing.   Fortunately, tracking this number is easy and will cost you next…

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#294 9 Ways to Lower Your TMAO Afib and Heart Disease Risk

9 Ways to Lower Your TMAO Afib and Heart Disease Risk TMAO is a toxic byproduct from an unhealthy gut microbiome.  Having the right gut bacteria may help to prevent atrial fibrillation and just about every other form of cardiovascular disease.  In this article, I'll share 9 ways to lower your TMAO Afib and heart disease risk. What is TMAO? Simply put, TMAO or trimethylamine N-oxide, is a waste byproduct from your gut bacteria.  As your gut microbiome tries to…

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#293 Is there a Low Carb Diet Mortality Risk? New Study Results

Is there a Low Carb Diet Mortality Risk? Everyone seemed to think carbs were bad until this new study was published last week.  Is there a way to follow a low carb diet and still live a long life?  In this article, I'll teach you how to optimize your carbs so that you can avoid the low carb diet mortality risk. The Dietary Carbohydrate Intake and Mortality Study In what has to be one of the biggest carbohydrate studies ever…

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#292 8 Reasons Why I Like the New Blood Thinners More than Warfarin/Coumadin

8 Reasons Why I Like the New Afib Blood Thinners More than Warfarin/Coumadin No one wants to take a blood thinner.  But if you had a gun to your head with no other choice, should you go with one of the new Afib blood thinners or warfarin (also known as Coumadin)?  In this article, I share the 8 reasons why I like the new Afib blood thinners more than warfarin. The FDA Approved New Blood Thinners When I am referring…

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#291 Dr. Day’s Riced Cauliflower Fast Food

Dr. Day's Riced Cauliflower Fast Food It often seems like there is no time to prepare healthy food.  Wouldn't it be great if you could have great tasting healthy food in 5 minutes?  In this article, I'll share my riced cauliflower fast food meal.  This dish is guaranteed to fill you up for hours! My "No Cooking Skills" Disclaimer I am not a chef. In fact, I am horrible in the kitchen.   While my wife is a fabulous cook,…

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#290 4 Reasons Why Vacations Make You Live Longer

4 Reasons Why Vacations Make You Live Longer Wouldn't it be great if the more vacations you took, the longer you lived?  Having just returned from a family trip I'd like to think that this week away added years to my life.  In a landmark study, researchers found that the more holidays you take, the longer you live.  In this article, I discuss four reasons why vacations make you live longer. Vacation Longevity Study In this study, researchers recruited 12,338 people…

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#289 13 Reasons Why CHADS-VASc May Not be the Best for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention

13 Reasons Why CHADS-VASc May Not Be the Best for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention Wouldn't it be great if we could accurately predict who is most at risk for atrial fibrillation strokes?  Despite the aggressive use of blood thinners in the new CHADS-VASc guidelines, there is no proof yet that stroke rates have gone down.  In this article, I discuss 13 reasons why the CHADS-VASc scoring system may not be the best for atrial fibrillation stroke prevention. What is CHADS-VASc?…

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#288 4 Reasons Why Eating Nuts Prevent Atrial Fibrillation

4 Reasons Why Eating Nuts Prevent Atrial Fibrillation Wouldn’t it be great if a handful of nuts could prevent atrial fibrillation?  In this article, I'll review the atrial fibrillation nut studies and share what I have learned from treating tens of thousands of atrial fibrillation patients over the last 23 years. The Swedish Atrial Fibrillation Nut Study If you are a nut lover, like me, then you’ll love this most recent study. In this Swedish atrial fibrillation nut study, researchers…

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