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Heart Health Center

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What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

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If you're having open heart surgery for another reason, your doctor might do the maze procedure, which works the same way as ablation.

A pacemaker can help keep your heart rate steady. People who take medicine to lower their heart rate may need one as a backup. You'll have minor surgery to put the small device under your skin. It runs on batteries and sends little electrical bursts to your heart when it beats too slowly.

Healthy Lifestyle

You can protect your heart by the choices you make in your daily life, too.

Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, along with whole grains and lean protein. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Quit smoking.

Exercise is good for you and your heart. It helps keep your muscles strong, your blood moving, and your weight in check. It even helps your sleep. Talk to your doctor about the best activities for you, so you don't overdo it.

Check the labels on over-the-counter products, such as cold medications. They could have ingredients that will speed up your heart rate.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on July 27, 2015
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