Heart Rate Variability and Nutrition:
 How to Prevent AFIB Blood Clots & Stroke 

Heart rate variability and nutrition are linked.

Here's how the foods you eat are related to AFIB, and how cholesterol levels are related to blood clots and getting a stroke:

  • But it is not high cholesterol, but rather, it is LOW cholesterol that's related to getting a stroke from a blood clot or from bleeding!

If your doctor wants you on meds to prevent blood clots - blood clots in lungs, a leg blood clot or a blood clot in the heart, please read on...

You will want to know about natural remedies for blood clots, foods and supplements for blood clot treatment, and what cholesterol has to do with getting a stroke!

  • But first, can the foods we eat disrupt the rhythms of your heart to cause heart arrhythmia?

Yes. Researchers found that heart irregularities such as AFIB are related to these two factors:

  • Eating "bad" trans fats
  • Japanese researchers actually found that you are more likely to get a stroke if your cholesterol levels are LOW! 

AFIB, they say, is related to:

  1. Eating "bad" or hydrogenated trans fats, and, here is a big surprise...
  2. Your risk of a stroke will INCREASE the LOWER your levels of cholesterol are!

You may have to see this to believe it! This was a surprise finding by Japanese researchers!  Please scroll down to see the study.

"It's like a double whammy," explains Peter Light, a researcher at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, the lead author of a study on the causes of heart failure.

If you need extra help, naturally, to avoid a stroke due to a blood clot:

A blood clot in the heart, a leg blood clot or blood clots in lungs, please review our research posts, and:

  • WATCH a VIDEO and articles on how to reverse blood clots and heart disease naturally, by Dr. Harry Elwardt.
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"Bad" Trans Fats but NOT high Cholesterol?

Although it has been known that “bad” trans fats (NOT animal or "saturated" fats) will clog arteries, it is only just coming to light that:

  • Foods rich in trans fats and hydrogenated oils can also interrupt the electricity of the heart itself, causing arrhythmia.

"These bad fats don't just clog your arteries, they are stored in your heart cells, and that can affect how the heart beats. This can really worsen the condition of a patient suffering a heart attack."

  • The trans and hydrogenated fats stored in the cells of the heart, “can actually cause sudden cardiac death through arrhythmias during a heart attack,” according to this new research of heart rate variability and nutrition. Why?
  • A heart attack will be more damaging because of the cellular changes made by the "BAD TRANS FATS" in processed foods -- cookies, fries, baked goods, cereals etc!

So it is wise to consider heart rate variability and nutrition BEFORE resorting to blood thinner medication -- before your doctor suggests these meds as an AFIB treatment to prevent blood clots.

Heart Rate Variability and Nutrition & "Bad" Fat Buildup

Publishing his research in the European Molecular Biology Organization Journal, pharmacologist Peter Light has found a new, compelling reason to avoid harmful trans fats.

His research explains this new linking of heart variability and nutrition as follows:

  • Our heart uses fat as an energy source to beat more than 100,000 times a day. But if bad fats are stored in the heart this causes an excessive build up of calcium in the cells of the heart.

In normal hearts, calcium is pumped in and out of the heart each second with each wave of electricity.

  • But in a heart filled with too much trans and harmful fats, there is a build up of calcium, and these abnormally high calcium levels disrupt the heart’s electrical flow and can cause arrhythmia -- abnormal rhythms –- as well as hyper contractions, where electrical signals are firing when they shouldn’t be.

In particular, bad fats interfere with a protein called the sodium-calcium exchanger. "Its role is to pump calcium out," Dr. Light said. "But during a heart attack, it pumps calcium in."

  • The more calcium builds up in the heart, the worse the heart attack and the harder it will be for the patient to recover, according to the research.

This new linking of heart rate variability and nutrition of fats, according to Dr. Light, will hopefully encourages the public to avoid foods rich in trans fats and hydrogenated oils:






Instead, it is recommended to use monounsaturated fats of olive oil, avocados and omega rich oils in fish and nuts that are BENEFICIAL for heart health.

  • GOOD FATS such as fish oils, nuts, avocados and olive oil do not have the same bad effect on the heart’s electrical rhythms.

So if you want a natural AFIB treatment and taking medications, this new heart rate variability and nutrition connection should be good news!

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LOW Cholesterol Linked to AFIB?

You may have to rub your eyes, because this may be hard to believe!

Japanese researchers found a link between LOW cholesterol levels and a heart rhythm disturbance known as atrial fibrillation, or AFIB.

  • In Japan, cardioembolic strokes are quite common. (blood clot in the heart)
  • These are caused by small blood clots that form in the heart, and they then travel to the vessels in the brain causing blockages.

The relevance of the Japanese research is:

  1. atrial fibrillation, or AFIB is a risk factor for an cardioembolic stroke, due to a blood clot in the heart.
  2. bleeding strokes were 96% LOWER for people who had the HIGHEST CHOLESTEROL levels!

LOW Cholesterol = MORE Risk of Stroke!!

Yes, you read that right!

Japanese researchers have found a relationship between LOW cholesterol and INCREASED risk of stroke.

Dr. Hisako Tsuki of Kansai Medical University, in Japan, studied more than 16,500 people for ten years. He measured their cholesterol levels and compared that with whether or not they got a stroke. 

  • The amazing results were that the HIGHER the cholesterol, the LOWER the risk of stroke.
  • This held true for getting 2 different types of strokes:

Ischaemic STROKES are caused by blockages in the arteries and by clotting:

  • blood clot in the heart
  • leg blood clot
  • blood clots in lungs

People with the HIGHEST cholesterol levels, had 71% fewer strokes due to blood clots as compared to those who had the LOWEST cholesterol.

For bleeding strokes (haemorrhagic strokes) the differences were even more amazing -- 96% LESS for people with the HIGHEST cholesterol levels as compared to those with the LOWEST levels!

Source: "Low serum cholesterol level and increased ischemic stroke mortality" published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011 Jun 27.

Stroke Risk LOWER with HIGH Cholesterol?

Still worried about having high cholesterol?  You may have to rub your eyes and review your medications!

Dr. Hisako Tsuki had split cholesterol levels into 4 groups:

  • With the LOWEST being less than 4.1 mmol/L and the HIGHEST being greater than 6.2 mmol/L.

Taking all forms of stroke together, risk of death in the HIGHEST cholesterol levels was 77% LOWER than in the LOWEST cholesterol levels.

But we know that cardiovascular disease includes heart disease too.

So perhaps increased cholesterol levels increased the risk of heart disease deaths, so that these "balanced out" deaths from a stroke?

  • Actually, risk of death from HEART DISEASE in the HIGHEST group of cholesterol group was NOT ANY HIGHER, statistically speaking.

It was actually LOWER, but it was NOT statistically significant.

  • The results showed that the HIGHER someone's cholesterol was, the LOWER their risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.

Overall, in those with the highest cholesterol, risk of death was 58% lower than those in the lowest cholesterol group.

The Bad News about "Bad" Fats

While the research on heart rate variability and nutrition of fats was done in a lab, at a molecular level, it has some potential practical implications.

For example, Dr. Light said, patients scheduled for heart surgery could be advised to cut out all trans fats for a few weeks before the operation as a way of reducing the risk of a poor outcome.

Dr. Light said this troubling effect on the sodium-calcium exchanger was not seen with mono unsaturated fats such as olive oil.

  • AVOID BAD FATS: Those that are solid or semi-solid, such as margarine and partially hydrogenated oils, are BAD FATS.

He said the research also has implications for the impact of trans fats on diabetes and hypertension, because similar mechanisms are at work.

  • TRANS FATS -- the artificial partly hydrogenated oils made to give food a creamy texture and increase its shelf life.


  • Virtually every fast-food or family restaurant French fry is cooked in trans fat-filled grease.

Almost half of all CEREALS, both cold and hot, contain it, according to the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA.

So do 70 percent of cake mixes, 75 percent of CHIPS and other salty SNACKS, 80 percent of frozen breakfast foods like WAFFLES, and 95 percent of COOKIES.

  • Even products people buy when they want to eat healthier -- granola, POWER BARS and low-fat COOKIES and CRACKERS -- are often made with partially HYDROGENATED vegetable oil.

During a recent informal survey of 140 varieties of CRACKERS on a typical supermarket shelf, only three brands had no partially HYDROGENATED oil.

  • Avoid the foods that typically have TRANS FATS -- baked goods such as CAKES, TARTS, COOKIES, DONUTS, FRIES, and a wide variety of PROCESSED foods.
  • Watch carefully, because this “PHANTOM FAT” can be well hidden in your cereal bowl.

It's the bad boy in your bag of MICROWAVE POPCORN.

It lurks in those “low-fat COOKIES” and even in ENERGY BARS.

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Heart Rate Variability and Nutrition & Salt

Minerals play a big part in how to stop AFIB naturally! 

Avoiding salt may not be the answer. Again, you may need to rub your eyes!

  • Why eat Your BANANAS for POTASSIUM and NUTS for MAGNESIUM?

Heart rate variability and nutrition have been linked for a long time – we all know to lower our salt intake for heart problems, but there is more to it...

Arrhythmias are due to SALT intake in the absence of adequate POTASSIUM.

It is not so much the salt intake as the proper SODIUM/POTASSIUM ratio in the blood:

Electrolyte imbalances in the blood are caused by our typically eating too much sodium – salt, with NOT ENOUGH POTASSIUM to balance the electrolytes needed.


  • Many people have a potassium/sodium imbalance due to not enough potassium, and this imbalance that is linked to AFIB, arrhythmia and heart disease.

And of course, magnesium is also a mineral crucial for heart function, so eat almonds, almonds, almonds!

Stop AFIB naturally with MINERALS:

You'll want to rule out mineral deficiencies such as magnesium!

Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, and hyperactivity in children are often related to an imbalance of minerals, as well as an excess toxins in the body.

How to Stop AFIB Naturally: Heart Rate Variability and Nutrition

We hope that you have been inspired by our posting about how AFIB, -- heart rate variability and nutrition -- are linked. 

(Arrhythmia, Heart Arrhythmia, Hyper- Contractions, and Abnormal Rhythms -- atrial fibrillation).

Hopefully you will change your diet after seeing the research that connects cholesterol and trans fats to heart irregularities:

  • “Bad” fats are among the causes of coronary heart disease because they cause arrhythmias during a heart attack.
  • Yes, it is certainly a surprise that LOW cholesterol -- not high cholesterol is what causes a stroke!
  • Know your fats and minerals to avoid mini stroke symptoms. 
  • Knowing the signs of a mini stroke is important because researchers are finding damage occurs even after mild stroke symptoms, so make sure you read our article on mini stroke warning signs.

Why not try natural remedies for blood clots first?  You can SAFELY add our recommended foods and supplements to your blood clot treatment:

  1. the best l arginine supplement to dissolve blood clots
  2. ideal protein supplements as natural remedies for blood clots:
  • a leg blood clot
  • a blood clot in the heart
  • blood clots in lungs

We hope that our site has helped you take action for heart arrhythmia to stop afib naturally, with diet changes and SAFE natural health supplements.

  • Hopefully you are reassured about blood clots and heart rate variability and nutrition!

See also:

Natural AFIB Treatment: Heart Rate Variability and Nutrition for Heart Irregularities

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