We all have our special interests. Mine is the human body and especially the amazing organ called the heart. I believe that by knowing basics about the heart and AFib, you can have a better understanding of your AFib. When you know a lot about your heart, you can also understand the value of today’s atrial fibrillation guidelines.
What do you know about this organ pumping and regulating the blood flowing throughout your body? The heart, after all, is a sophisticated pump. When you understand the anatomy of your heart, it’s function and how to care for it, you can work with your individualized AFib situation.
Recently, The Cleveland Clinic conducted a survey asking how much the average person knew about the heart.Of the responding survey participants, almost 60 percent admitted that they knew little to nothing about their heart’s anatomy and function. Okay, let’s apply that mindset to knowing about atrial fibrillation. How much do you really know and understand about AFib? Here are some things to ponder:
Atrial fibrillation tops the list of abnormalities that can occur in your heart’s rhythm.
Atrial fibrillation comes in 3 types; chronic or permanent atrial fibrillation, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, persistent atrial fibrillation.
Depending on the degree of severity of the AFib you now experience, there are different things you can do to live more comfortably with it.
Because people with AFib can have strokes, simple lifestyle changes can make living with AFib easier. Please discuss with your doctor your individual risk of stroke and whether blood thinners are needed to reduce your risk of stroke.
Before you adopt any lifestyle changes to work with your AFib, make sure you consult your doctor.
Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines
Here are some simple guidelines that include lifestyle changes that can make living with AFib easier for you:
Focus on eating nutritionally rich food and eliminating junk food. Junk food is not actually food at all. For the most part, junk food comes in a bag or box. Nutrition-rich food is not manufactured.
Get your weight under control. Being apple shaped with a large percentage of fat above your waste increases your risk for heart attacks and stroke. Focus on eating a heart-healthy diet.
Start slowly with any weight management program. Include physical exercise in your routine. Ask your doctor to provide activity guidelines specifically for you.
Do whatever it takes to effectively manage high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Excess alcohol ingestion scars your atrium. Scarred atrium cannot conduct electrical impulses naturally. You need healthy tissues for your heart to beat in a natural rhythm. For these reasons and more, choose to stop ingesting things that complicate your AFib like alcohol, tobacco and caffeine if these trigger irregular heart rate symptoms for you.
Regularly take your AFib medications. They help you feel better.
Looking for an easy-to-talk-to heart specialist in Houston, TX? Make an appointment with me, Dr. Morales by calling281.446.3645. I do understand how frightening having AFib is. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have to educate your family about this disease.
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