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    Body weight issues have become one of the biggest known causes of AFIB in recent years. The traditional causes of AFIB are heart valve problems, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, endocrine disorders, advancing age, inflammation, oxidative stress, mineral imbalances/deficiencies, and, yes, unknown causes, otherwise known as Lone Atrial Fibrillation. Doctors on top of their game will rule these traditional causes out first and correct them if they are apparent before treating AFIB. Doctors who aren't, well, will reach for the prescription pad and typically go with beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and/or antiarrhythmic drugs along with blood pressure meds and anticoagulant therapy. Worse yet, they might push an ablation procedure which is now shown not to be the magic treatment once thought.

    Atrial fibrosis, a thickening and scarring of atrial tissue, and remodeling is the long-term consequence of undiagnosed and/or untreated atrial fibrillation and other heart diseases too. It can eventually lead to heart failure. Recent research clearly shows a positive correlation with body weight and atrial fibrosis. Luckily atrial fibrosis is reversible and can correct itself with weight loss. Here is what I am referring to. This doctor is nothing short of brilliant.

    The left atrial appendage (LAA) seems nothing more than a useless repository for stagnating blood to accumulate in and coagulate in people experiencing AFIB. With paroxysmal AFIB, the biggest concern is stroke from coagulation occurring in the LAA and breaking off as a clot and creating a blockage somewhere else. Paroxysmal AFIB won't likely cause a heart attack or kill anyone as long as proper anticoagulation therapy is given.

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      Found the video “hopeful”. Been dealing with diagnosed afib for 6 years but in retrospect probably been there for more than 10 years. My cardio identified Aortic valve stenosis 6 years ago and AFIB and concluded the afib is due to the valve. After a heart attack this year I began my quest for more knowledge. (Thank you Dr. Brewer) Now as I discuss my issues with my Cardio he is more forthcoming about the AFIB and says it is paroxymal AFIB and the solution is still valve replacement. I understand the valve need due to stenosis but this video and all of the other education I have been receiving (thank you Dr Brewer) I see I probably have a number of factors contributing to the AFIB. It would be terrible to have a valve replacement with the expectation that the AFIB would go away and learn that it doesn’t. The hope comes from the information in the video and again all the other sources of knowledge that there is evidence of it being reversible. I am now on a mission to save my life (my cardio says I’m on a mission to drive him crazy, I can live with that) and am taking it step by step to turn this downward spiral around. Without the inspiration of Dr Brewer, and associates I would probably not be in this picture in the next year. Sometimes one little video on YouTube can be the spark that turns your life around!!!!


      • #5
        That is fascinating - and wonderful - to hear! Thanks. And Good Luck!


        • #6
          Surgery to replace a valve is typically a cause of AFIB. It is such a common side effect that surgeons who replace a valve will often clamp the left atrial appendage in anticipation of new onset postop AFIB.


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              Thanks John for posting this. I found it surfing YT just recently and then decided to explore this community. It's been here for quite a while. A testament to the quality of Dr. Brewer and your efforts.
              Being on a budget and making my own decisions has been quite a Journey so far. I have a long ways to go. But seeing this gave me a renewal of sorts and strength to voice my own opinion to my Cardiologist. My First and Most important goal, in my opinion, is and should be to lose weight. 50 lbs. down and 50 to go. Weight loss is not my only effort, but I am excited again with the hope this video brings. Something I felt and knew for a while now, but it's fabulous to see some confirmation. The paragraph you wrote to go with it is awesome, Ill put that in my vision board. - Dr Brewer, Thanks for all you do, I'll be lurking here more often. I'm not sure I'll ever view all of your vids on YT, but I am trying. Thanks Again


              • #9
                Thank you very much, Dennis, for sharing that. We've got a couple of dozen videos on atrial fib. Yes, weight loss is critical. It tends to drive so many of the other key drivers, like sleep breathing disorders and high bp. Keep it up!