You may not be able to change your existing risk factors for chronic atrial fibrillation, so you may not be able to completely prevent the occurrence of the disease. However, there are some steps you can take to prevent episodes of chronic atrial fibrillation. Take your prescriptions as directed and take care to avoid harmful drug interactions. You can also cut down on your consumption of alcohol and stimulants.
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Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Douglas Severance, Family Medicine, answeredDepending on the cause of chronic atrial fibrillation, it may or may not be able to be prevented. By the time the atrial fibrillation is chronic, there may be some heart changes that require medications to keep the heartbeat and heart rhythm normal. Still, there are lifestyle changes you can adopt to keep your heart healthy in spite of chronic atrial fibrillation. In doing so, you may help prevent another episode of the fast, irregular arrhythmia. Here are some tips:
-Eat a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to get plenty of necessary electrolytes for the heart such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
-Be active every day with exercise and physical activity.
-If you smoke cigarettes, stop. Nicotine is a stimulant and can cause atrial fibrillation.
-Cut back on drinking alcohol as it can cause atrial fibrillation.
-Eliminate caffeine from your diet to reduce the chance of atrial fibrillation.
Joan Haizlip, MSN, Cardiology, answeredThere are many risk factors for atrial fibrillation including:
- age (it is more common in older people)
- family history
- being overweight
- having heart surgery
- drinking alcohol
- having other chronic conditions like thyroid disease
- having heart disease (heart attack)
So by controlling your risk factors, you can help lower your risk of getting atrial fibrillation.