The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living
Upon first meeting with a new patient, I frequently explain that we will have both short-term goals and long-term goals in the course of their care. Many patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation will need a strategy they can utilize for decades, but the management of atrial fibrillation requires a two-pronged strategy and it is necessary to address both immediate and future goals to achieve the best possible outcomes.
That is why I decided to better serve both my readers and my patients who are learning to deal with their AFib both short and long-term. In my guide I discuss how changes to diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol use, and more can affect both immediate AFib symptoms as well as overall lifetime health.
Before you download the guide, let’s first break-down the difference between treating atrial fibrillation symptoms short-term.
Short-Term Treatment of AFib
Seeking to improve symptoms quickly and reduce risk of stroke is our very first and most immediate goal. Methods to achieve this frequently include medical therapy or procedures such as ablations. I discuss these methods in depth with my patients and utilize these interventions to rapidly improve symptoms of AFib in the short term. Please consult with your doctor when considering these options.
Long-Term AFib Management
Long-term goals, on the other hand, seek to manage and improve a patient’s atrial fibrillation for many years or even decades to come. The goal is to eventually take fewer medications and improve long-term outcomes. One of the most important ways to achieve the best possible outcomes is the adoption of healthy living and lifestyle modifications.
Although my guide is meant as a Healthy Living Guide for patients with AFib, most of the advice here is universal for good health in general. The tips inside can help improve high blood pressure and diabetes and reduce risk for coronary artery disease.
These recommendations are considered long-term goals because the benefits of changing your lifestyle take time, effort, and dedication. Follow these healthy living guide-lines and over time you may find you have significant improvements in your AFib and may require fewer medications.
If you have any medical-related questions or before making any diet or exercise changes, be sure to talk with your doctor first.
TOGETHER WE CAN PROVIDE BETTER EDUCATION FOR PATIENTS AND ACHIEVE BETTER CARE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.