Answers to Common Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about atrial fibrillation.

How can I handle the symptoms of atrial fibrillation (A Fib) without letting fear control my life?

Premier Health’s Dr. Kevin Kravitz provides some advice about coping with atrial fibrillation. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

The symptoms of atrial fibrillation (A Fib) can be concerning—racing heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc. However, people with atrial fibrillation can take comfort in knowing that the condition and its symptoms by themselves are not life threatening. In fact, AFib Matters and National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) agree that most people with atrial fibrillation, even permanent A Fib, can lead normal active lives.

For many people, lifestyle changes and healthy habits can make a big difference in managing atrial fibrillation episodes, symptoms and risks. A healthy diet and moderate exercise can help prevent or address obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure—common risk factors for developing a heart arrhythmia. Limiting caffeine and alcohol and managing stress may also reduce A Fib episodes and/or intensity of symptoms.

To best handle symptoms, people living with atrial fibrillation should also:

  • Have routine checkups with their healthcare provider
  • Keep your physician (including emergency room staff) informed of all medications you are taking
  • Call your doctor if you experience any side effects and/or interactions between medications
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter medications and/or nutritional supplements

People with atrial fibrillation who are also taking medications (blood thinners) for stroke prevention may also need regular blood tests.

People with atrial fibrillation who are also taking blood thinners for stroke prevention may also need regular blood tests. 

Learn more:

Source: Kevin Kravitz, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Mark E. Krebs, MD, Miami Valley Cardiologists; Abdul Wase, MD, The Premier Heart Associates; Sameh Khouzam, MD, Dayton Heart Center

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