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LONE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
TOWARDS A CURE

CONTENTS


CHAPTER
CONTENT
PAGE
Foreword Professor Philippe Coumel MD i
Preface Patrick Chambers MD v
Introduction Hans Larsen MSc vii
Chapter 1 My Afib Journey: Part I – Hans Larsen 1
Chapter 2 The AFIB Mystery – Andrew Auerbach, Ph D 4
Chapter 3 My Experience with Atrial Fibrillation – Sadja Greenwood, MD 6
Chapter 4 My Story: A Work in Progress – Randy Lewis 8
Chapter 5 What is Atrial Fibrillation? 15
The Heart
Autonomic Nervous System
Atrial Fibrillation
Lone Atrial Fibrillation
Episode Onset
15
16
17
18
19
Chapter 6 Other Atrial (Supraventricular) Arrhythmias 22
PACs
PVCs
Supraventricular Tachycardia
Atrial Flutter
Sinus Tachycardia
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
22
23
24
25
27
27
Chapter 7 Diagnosis and Your Options 30
Initial Evaluation
Need for Stroke Prevention
Dealing with LAF
30
33
34
Chapter 8 LAF Surveys 39
LAFS I (February 2001)
LAFS II (March 2001)
LAFS III (June 2001)
LAFS IV (August 2002)
39
47
49
51
Chapter 9 Causes of LAF 59
Alcohol and Drugs
Tyramine-Containing Foods
Thyroid Disorders
Hypoglycemia
Electrolyte Imbalances
Pheochromocytoma
Chromosomal Abnormalities
Autonomic Nervous System Imbalances
59
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66
Chapter 10 Managing LAF With Drugs 75
Preventing & Terminating Episodes
Special Note on Digoxin
Control of Heart Rate During an Episode
Are Antiarrhythmics Effective?
Subjective Evaluation of Drug Performance
75
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84
Chapter 11 Managing LAF Without Drugs 89
Triggers
Vitamins & Other Supplements
Efficacy of Supplements
Relaxation Therapies
Other Hints
89
90
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104
Chapter 12 Other Interventions 111
Electrical Cardioversion
Implantable Pacemakers/Defibrillators
AV Node Ablation
Ablation Therapy
Maze Procedure
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Chapter 13 Stroke Prevention 120
Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation
Stroke and LAF
LAF and Stroke Prevention
New Stroke Prevention Measures
Alternative Methods of Stroke Prevention
120
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125
Chapter 14 Stress and Other Suspects 130
The Inflammation Connection
Oxidative Stress
The Stress Connection
The Amalgam Connection
The Hormone Connection
The Exercise Connection
Conclusion
130
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Chapter 15 The Digestion Connection 161
Chapter 16 The Diet Connection 165
Survey Results
Evaluation of Effective Diets
Electrolyte levels
Proteins, Carbohydrates and Glycemic Loads
Fish Oils and Fatty Acid Ratio
Conclusion
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Chapter 17 A Roller Coaster Ride to Freedom from the Tyranny of Afib
Frank McCabe
172
Chapter 18 My Way Back to NSR – Erling Waller 177
Chapter 19 My Journey: A Happy Ending – Mark Murphy, MD 181
Chapter 20 My Afib Journey: Part 2 – Hans Larsen 182
Chapter 21 Prescription for LAF 187
Appendices 193
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Glossary of Medical Terms
Pharmaceutical Drugs for LAF
Magnesium and Potassium Rich Foods
Glycemic Loads
Successful Diet
Components of Successful Diet
Recipe for Magnesium/Bicarbonate Water
Tyramine-Containing Foods
Resources
Subject Index 221



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