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Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation- Yoga

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According to research linked below, yoga treats paroxysmal atrial fibrillation effectively. I have first-hand experience with atrial fibrillation. I am a long-term cancer survivor. One of the late stage side effects I developed was cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation.

Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (PAF) scares the patient half to death when it first occurs. Many people think that they are about to die. The problems however, is that conventional therapies, listed below, don’t work well and may come with side effects.

So what is the Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation patient to do?

What therapies treat Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is a type of atrial fibrillation (AF) characterized by intermittent episodes of irregular and rapid heartbeats that spontaneously return to normal sinus rhythm. The goal of treating PAF is to control symptoms, prevent recurrences, and reduce the risk of complications. Therapies for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation include:
  1. Antiarrhythmic Medications:
    • Class Ic agents: Examples include flecainide and propafenone. They help stabilize the heart’s rhythm.
    • Class III agents: Amiodarone, dofetilide, and sotalol are examples. They affect potassium channels, helping to control the heart’s rhythm.
  2. Beta-Blockers:
    • Medications like metoprolol, propranolol, and atenolol may be prescribed to slow the heart rate and reduce symptoms.
  3. Calcium Channel Blockers:
    • Diltiazem and verapamil are examples that can be used to control heart rate in atrial fibrillation.
  4. Anticoagulation Therapy:
    • Given the risk of blood clots associated with atrial fibrillation, anticoagulant medications (blood thinners) like warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban are often prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke.
  5. Cardioversion:
    • Electrical cardioversion involves delivering a controlled electric shock to the heart to restore normal sinus rhythm.
  6. Ablation Therapy:
    • Catheter ablation involves using radiofrequency energy or cryotherapy to create scars on the heart tissue, disrupting the abnormal electrical pathways that cause atrial fibrillation.
  7. Lifestyle Modifications:
    • Lifestyle changes such as managing stress, avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine intake, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the frequency and severity of atrial fibrillation episodes.
  8. Pacemaker:
    • In some cases, a pacemaker may be implanted to regulate the heart rate.
  9. Hybrid Therapies:
    • Some individuals may benefit from a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and procedures to manage PAF.

Evidence-based non-conventional therapies are those therapies that research has shown to work. Yet, these therapies have not been researched and approved by the FDA. When it comes to yoga as a therapy for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, it comes as no surprise that the FDA has not approved this therapy.

The important take-away here is that if you have PAF, yoga will help you manage just about every aspect of this challenge.

Do you have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation? If you would like to learn about additional evidence-based, non-conventional heart health therapies let me know- David.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com

Hang in there,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

What Is Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of irregular heartbeat. If you have it, your doctor will classify yours by the reason for it and on how long it lasts. When your heartbeat returns to normal within 7 days, on its own or with treatment, it’s known as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

It can happen a few times a year or as often as every day. It often becomes a permanent condition that needs regular treatment…”

Effect of Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden, Anxiety, Depression, and Quality of Life in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: The YOGA My Heart Study

“The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of yoga on atrial fibrillation (AF) burden, quality of life (QoL), depression, and anxiety scores…


Yoga training reduced symptomatic AF episodes, symptomatic non-AF episodes, asymptomatic AF episodes, and depression and anxiety, and improved the QoL parameters of physical functioning, general health, vitality, social functioning, and mental health domains on SF. There was significant decrease in heart rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure before and after yoga.


In patients with paroxysmal AF, yoga improves symptoms, arrhythmia burden, heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and depression scores, and several domains of QoL. (Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden and Quality of Life in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation; NCT00798356)”

Types of Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need to Know

“Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. It causes the upper and lower chambers of your heart to beat out of sync, fast, and erratically.

AFib used to be classified as either chronic or acute. But in 2014, new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association changed the classification of atrial fibrillation from two types to four:

  1. paroxysmal AFib
  2. persistent AFib
  3. long-standing persistent AFib
  4. permanent AFib

You can start with one type of AFib that eventually becomes another type as the condition progresses…


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