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I have atrial fibrillation (AFib), how can I manage my stress?

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  • Stress can trigger atrial fibrillation episodes. When you feel anxious, try relaxation techniques such as these: Deep breathing
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

If your stress feels overwhelming, see a therapist or seek out a support group for help.

From: Tips for Living With Afib WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AFIB Matters: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation: Resource Guide."

American Heart Association: "A Patient's Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Vitamin K and Coumadin."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

AFIB Matters: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology: "Living with Atrial Fibrillation: Resource Guide."

American Heart Association: "A Patient's Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Vitamin K and Coumadin."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "Living with Atrial Fibrillation."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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