Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia in the United States. Millions of people are able to live healthy, long lives with atrial fibrillation thanks to careful management and lifestyle modifications. At Northside Hospital, our Tampa Bay Heart Institute offers ongoing care for patients living with atrial fibrillation and other types of heart arrhythmias. If you have atrial fibrillation, here are some ways to stay healthy and feel your best.
Stay Close with Your Doctor
Managing atrial fibrillation is a continual process. No two patients are the same, and your own care plan may need to be tweaked several times over the years to give you the best possible relief. Attend regular appointments with your cardiologist and be sure to take all medications exactly as they are prescribed. If you experience new symptoms or an intensification of your existing symptoms, tell your doctor right away.
Change Your Diet
A heart healthy eating plan can reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation complications. Choose a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. If you’re taking blood thinning medications as part of your treatment plan, be cautious about eating leafy greens. Leafy green vegetables are high in vitamin K, which is used by your liver to produce clotting factors. Too much vitamin K can interfere with how your blood thinning medications work, so talk to your doctor about safe levels for you.
Choose Cold Medicines Wisely
Many over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines contain ingredients that can cause your heart to race, causing an atrial fibrillation episode. Before you choose a medication, check the label and ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to take for atrial fibrillation patients.
For all of your heart health needs, choose the Tampa Bay Heart Institute at Northside Hospital. We offer comprehensive care for a wide range of cardiac health needs. You can learn more about our St. Petersburg hospital by calling (888) 598-9586.