Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Many arrhythmias can be blamed on underlying heart disease, so your doctor may suggest that, in addition to other treatments, you make lifestyle changes that will keep your heart as healthy as possible. Making healthy lifestyle changes can also help prevent heart arrhythmias from developing in the first place.

These lifestyle changes may include:

  • Eating heart-healthy foods
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Quitting smoking
  • Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Finding ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life
  • Avoiding stimulant medications, such as medications found in over-the-counter treatments for colds and nasal congestion

The role of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient found mostly in fish, in the prevention and treatment of arrhythmias isn't yet clear. But it appears as though this substance may be helpful in preventing and treating some arrhythmias.

Feb. 27, 2013