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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation - How to prevent?

Treatment and control of underlying medical or cardiac problems may help one reduce the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF). This includes:

  • Managing high blood pressure (hypertension): Taking medication and making lifestyle changes to manage hypertension reduces the risk of AF.
    Exercising regularly: Moderate-intensity exercise lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of coronary artery disease that could lead to development AF.
  • Eating a heart healthy diet: Eat more whole grains, vegetables and fruits and cut down on salt and solid fats. This reduces one’s risk of medical conditions such as coronary artery disease which are associated with higher risks of experiencing AF.

Eating a heart healthy diet can reduce the risk of many conditions associated with higher risks of experiencing atrial fibrillation

  • Maintaining a healthy weight: One should aim to maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) under 27 kg/m2. This will help to reduce the effects or complications associated with AF.
  • Smoking cessation: Quitting smoking reduces the risks of AF.
  • Managing stress: This reduces one’s risk of experiencing an abnormal heart rhythm like AF. 
  • Reducing alcohol or caffeine consumption: Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, especially binge drinking, can trigger incidences of AF.

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