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How can you prevent atrial fibrillation (AFib) complications?

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A few healthy habits can help you avoid some health problems that AFib can cause.

  • Eat a heart- and brain-healthy diet. Limit salt, and saturated and trans fats. Make fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein the majority of your diet.
  • Exercise on most days of the week. Ask your doctor to recommend a fitness plan that's safe for your heart.
  • Manage blood pressure and cholesterol with diet, exercise, and medicine if you need it.
  • If you smoke, ask your doctor for advice on how to quit.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine.

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "Patients with AFib Can Prevent Heart Failure with a Few Key Choices."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "When the Beat is Off - Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Prevention Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): Management and Treatment."

European Cardiology : "Atrial fibrillation, cognitive decline and dementia."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Complications from Atrial Fibrillation."

Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare : "What patients want and need to know about atrial fibrillation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Atrial Fibrillation," “Sleep Apnea,” “CPAP.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "Patients with AFib Can Prevent Heart Failure with a Few Key Choices."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "When the Beat is Off - Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Prevention Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): Management and Treatment."

European Cardiology : "Atrial fibrillation, cognitive decline and dementia."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Complications from Atrial Fibrillation."

Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare : "What patients want and need to know about atrial fibrillation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Atrial Fibrillation," “Sleep Apnea,” “CPAP.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 30, 2018

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