Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) occurs when abnormal electrical impulses are suddenly generated in the upper chambers of the heart (atria). These impulses override the heart''s natural pacemaker, which can no longer control rhythm of the heart. If diagnosed with AFib, the doctor may prescribe blood thinners to lower the risk of stroke. These anti-coagulant drugs can interact with some foods, supplements, or even other medications. Be sure to ask your doctor what''s safe to eat, and what foods to avoid, while taking your medications.
An important property of the blood is its pH which is an indication of it''s acidity or basicity (alkalinity). The pH of blood ranges from 0 (highly acidic) to 14 (highly alkaline). A pH of 7 is neutral. Blood is normally slightly alkaline, with a normal pH range between 7.35 to 7.45. Usually the body maintains the pH of blood close to 7.40. Alkalosis is said to occur when the alkalinity of the blood increases. This may occur due to a fall in the acid level (or hydrogen ions) or a rise in the base level (bicarbonate ions).
Fever in babies or children under 5 years of age is defined as an oral temperature above 99.5°F (37.5°C), a rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) or an axillary temperature (under the arm) of above 99°F (37.2°C). During the day, it is normal for the temperature to fluctuate in children. It is usually lower in the morning and rises as the day progresses. It can also vary according to the child''s activity.