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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can certain foods affect my atrial fibrillation?

    I have heard that certain types of food may trigger an atrial fibrillation. What foods/beverages should I avoid?
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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    This can vary between different people but the only very clear association is with alcohol. The more is consumed the higher the risk of AF.

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    Phill Dack

    HealthShare Member

    There does not seem to be much peer reviewed scientific study on the likelihood of tyramine causing AF (just observations and some anecdotal evidence), however my wife has had several recent rapid AF episodes (we spend 8hrs in hospital emergency each time) after eating foods containing tyramine (miso soup, genovese pesto sauce containing 3 aged cheeses, and a meal with large quantities of tomato paste and sauce. She has not had alcohol, caffeine for two years now, and we have started trying to eliminate it from her diet.

    In your opinion, is there anything in this ?

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