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What can you do to prevent atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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

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.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation."

Cleveland Clinic: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Atrial Fibrillation."

The University of Chicago Medical Center: "Surgical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation."

Shea, J. , May 20, 2008. Circulation

Ferri, F. , 1st ed., Mosby Elsevier, 2010. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2011

Bonow, R. , 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Braunwald's Heart Disease - A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine

Task Force for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation. , October 2010. European Heart Journal

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation."

Cleveland Clinic: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Atrial Fibrillation."

The University of Chicago Medical Center: "Surgical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation."

Shea, J. , May 20, 2008. Circulation

Ferri, F. , 1st ed., Mosby Elsevier, 2010. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2011

Bonow, R. , 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Braunwald's Heart Disease - A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine

Task Force for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation. , October 2010. European Heart Journal

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

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