Living with Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is usually the result of a problem with the heart. Living with atrial fibrillation will require you to make changes in your lifestyle and diet so as to improve the condition of your heart; this will also help in improving your health on the whole. Some of the changes that you need to make are as follows:

  • Avoid Smoking: If you smoke, you need to cut down or stop smoking completely.
  • Controlling Cholesterol Level: You can do this with exercise and a good diet.
  • Consuming a Nutritious Diet: Consult a dietician and draw out a diet that includes whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
  • Performing regular exercise.
Make sure that you regularly check your heartbeat. If you find that there is no regular rhythm to your heartbeat, speak to your doctor. It is important that you check your heartbeat because most people do not experience any atrial fibrillation symptoms. When you take a blood thinner, extra steps should be taken to prevent bleeding problems from occurring like avoiding injuries and falls.

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