How To Take Care of Yourself When You Have Afib

Any type of health issue is concerning, and one sure way to feel better about it is to be educated on how to take care of yourself, especially when you are experiencing an episode of Atrial Fibrillation. I’ve compiled five pieces of advice that will aid in taking care of yourself in general when you have Afib, and when you’re having an episode.

Don’t Ignore Warning Signs:

Atrial Fibrillation is a serious health condition for some people and it can lead to more serious issues such as heart attack or stroke. For this reason, it’s especially important to pay attention to your body and any symptoms you may have. WebMD sites that various symptoms of Afib include heart palpitations, or a feeling of a “flutter” in your chest, chest pain or pressure, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fatigue, and intolerance to exercise. If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor to get checked out immediately.

Take charge of your nutrition:

Prevention is key! The best way to get healthy is to start now, and what better way to start than to change your nutrition habits. Your diet should be heavy in plant-based foods such as fruits and veggies, and low in trans fats, sodium and refined sugars. Changing your nutrition and eating habits is really a lifestyle change that will take time and effort to work on. The most important thing is that you make changes that work for you and make you feel great. This article contains information about how to get a jump start on making healthy changes by reflecting on your current habits and going from there.

Kick bad habits… now:

When it comes to being healthy, there are a few no brainers that just have to get kicked to the curb. I’m talking about smoking and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine. It’s easier said than done, but it’s so important to get rid of these bad habits in order to truly have a healthy lifestyle and to take care of your self.

Relieve stress:

I know you’ve heard it before, but you can never go wrong with a little stress relief. It has tremendous benefits to your health and wellbeing, especially for your heart and blood pressure. Stress relief comes in all shapes and sizes, and you need to think about your daily life and what causes you to tense up, and try your best to mitigate it. This article does a great job at explaining how to find your stressors and steps to take to relieve them.

Do whatever it takes to be healthy:

Finally, studies have shown that people who keep up with their regular shots, such as flu and pneumonia, have a lessened chance of a heart attack. Stay healthy by getting these shots each year and also taking your daily medicine. Be mindful of what your body needs to keep itself running properly and you’ll feel better about yourself overall. When you’re living with Afib, it’s extremely important to do whatever it takes to keep yourself healthy and feeling great.

A 23 year-old midwesterner living in sunny Southwest Florida.

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