Prevention from Atrial Fibrillation

Almost half of the atrial fibrillation cases could be prevented if individuals looked after themselves better. This is what a 17 year study has shown. The study also showed that over half of the atrial fibrillation cases were associated with particular risk factors like obesity, smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure. Getting treatment for high blood pressure, taking in proper nutrition and leading a healthy lifestyle can help in the prevention of atrial fibrillation by providing protection against heart diseases. It is also essential that you avoid smoking, perform regular exercise and manage stress. With the guidance of a doctor you could take antibiotics to bring down the risk of a heart infection as a heart infection could bring about atrial fibrillation. Also make sure to avoid stimulants like caffeine and alcohol as it could contribute to the atrial fibrillation becoming worse. Walnuts have good quantities of alpha-linolenic acid and are considered to be effective in preventing cardiac arrhythmias. Other foods that contain alpha-linolenic acid are tofu, soybean oil, mustard oil, canola oil and flaxseed. Therefore, to help in the prevention of atrial fibrillation you could consider putting in these foods to your diet.

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