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Atrial Fibrillation (cont.)

Prevention

Do all you can to prevent heart disease, which is a cause of atrial fibrillation. Take steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.

  • Manage your stress.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat heart-healthy foods.
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • Lose extra weight.
  • Don't smoke.

Living With Atrial Fibrillation

Many people are able to live full and active lives with atrial fibrillation. Most people don't have to change their daily activities.

Because atrial fibrillation is often the result of a heart condition, making changes to improve your heart condition will usually improve your overall health.

Make lifestyle changes

For more information, see:

Prevent other health problems

  • If needed, take medicines to control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicine. Tell your doctor all of the medicines you take. Some prescription and nonprescription medicine can interact with your heart medicines. Some nonprescription medicines, especially cold and herbal remedies, contain stimulants that can trigger atrial fibrillation.
  • Get a flu vaccine every year.
  • Know the signs of sleep apnea. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms such as snoring and feeling sleepy during the day. Many people with atrial fibrillation also have this condition.

Take medicines safely

When you take an anticoagulant (also called a blood thinner), you need to take extra steps to avoid bleeding problems, such as preventing falls and injuries. If you take warfarin, you also get regular blood tests and watch how much vitamin K you eat or drink.

Click here to view an Actionset.Warfarin: Taking Your Medicine Safely
Click here to view an Actionset.Blood Thinners Other Than Warfarin: Taking Them Safely
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