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.
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
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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
- 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.
- Warfarin: Taking Your Medicine Safely
- Blood Thinners Other Than Warfarin: Taking Them Safely
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
December 14, 2012
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