Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Over 5.5 million Americans live with atrial fibrillation.
Medication: Drugs reduce fibrillation events in many chronic cases
Cardioversion procedure: In acute cases, an electrical shock can put the heart back in rhythm
Cardiac ablation procedure: In serious cases, an ablation procedure can disrupt faulty electrical paths in the heart
Eat a heart-healthy diet
Avoid caffeine and stimulants
Reduce alcohol consumption
Improve sleep habits
After losing 3-9% of body mass with exercise and diet, 22% of patients achieved freedom from atrial fibrillation symptoms without surgery or medication
After losing 10% or more of body mass with exercise and diet, 45% of patients achieved freedom from atrial fibrillation symptoms without surgery or medication
Sources: MayoClinic.org; Heart.org; Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.gov.
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