To prevent atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder, it's important to live a heart-healthy lifestyle to reduce your risk of heart disease. A healthy lifestyle may include:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Limiting or avoiding caffeine and alcohol
  • Reducing stress, as intense stress and anger can cause heart rhythm problems
  • Using over-the-counter medications with caution, as some cold and cough medications contain stimulants that may trigger a rapid heartbeat

If you currently have atrial fibrillation, in addition to these lifestyle changes, work with your doctor to manage your heart rhythm condition.

Apr. 19, 2014