With Atrial Fibrillation, Watch Your Blood Pressure

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Hi, I'm Dr. Daria Lorenzetti, here's an important health tip if you have high blood pressure. Did you know that poorly controlled hypertension is the single biggest risk factor for atrial fibrillation or A-fib? That's a condition in which you have a rapid irregular heart beat. So if you have high blood pressure, here's what you can do to lower it and prevent atrial fibrillation or manage its symptoms.

First, follow your doctor's instructions to take a blood pressure medications as prescribed. Then be sure your doctor knows about any medications you take for other conditions. That includes over the counter drugs. Some common drugs that may boost blood pressure include nasal decongestants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

So can cold and sinus meds, anti-depressants and some oral contraceptives can also raise your blood pressure, and don't forget to mention any dietary supplements you've used. Common herbal remedies such as St. John's ward and Jean Sans also raise blood pressure. Finally keep tabs on your blood pressure by checking it yourself at home and having your doctor check it at your routine visit.

I'm Dr. Daria, for more ways to protect your heart health, check out all our smart tips.