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How do I manage my arrhythmia on a daily basis?

If your arrhythmia is serious, your doctor may prescribe medication to regulate your heartbeat. It is important to take any medication exactly as prescribed. Sudden changes or abruptly stopping a prescription can have serious consequences, including increasing your risk for heart attack or stroke. If you have a pacemaker or ICD, monitor your pulse. Some arrhythmias may be due to heart disease. Basic lifestyle changes can help improve your overall health and reduce your risk for potential complications. Eat a heart-healthy diet, exercise regularly, do not smoke, reduce stress, and decrease alcohol and caffeine intake. Some over-the-counter medications such as decongestants contain stimulants that increase your risk of complications; avoid these if you have arrhythmia.

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