Atrial Fibrillation - lifestyle changes needed

Atrial Fibrillation - lifestyle changes needed

Let us begin by defining what atrial fibrillation is. This is a rare condition produced by an erratic electrical activity in the upper chambers of the heart. This causes the heart to beat irregularly. The main effects that this has on a patient’s body are breath shortening, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. The disease in itself is not life-threatening and together with medical treatment and some lifestyle changes, it can be controlled. 

This time we will focus on what are the lifestyle changes needed for a person with A-Fib. As mentioned before, suffering A-Fib will not threaten your life. However, people who have the condition have higher risks of suffering a stroke or heart failure. The following are some actions that need to be taken to reduce this risk.

Say no to alcohol

Taking alcohol, even in moderate amounts increases the chances of suffering an A-Fib episode. This is one pleasure that you will have to kiss goodbye. At least you will always be the designated driver when going to the parties.

Butt out the cigarette

It is the nicotine that does the damage to your heart. Nicotine is a stimulant drug that can trigger an A-Fib event.

Change your diet

Make foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats your best friends. Your diet must be low in sodium and low in fat. 

Say no to coffee

Another pleasure that has to go. Well, actually not completely. Even though caffeine is a stimulant that could trigger an A-Fib episode, it will only do so if taken in large amounts. It is important that you talk to your doctor about the amount that may pose a threat to you.

Work-out

Moving will help you prevent conditions that might worsen your heart´s overall health, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc. So gear up and exercise. Brighten up your mood and day.

Relax

If you are too stressed, your heart might suffer.  Give yourself some time to relax and have fun. Try to stay away from stressful situations as much as possible. Your heart will thank you for it.

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