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Atrial Fibrillation and Exercise

Posted on January 16 2014

A heartbeat that is occasionally fast or erratic may be atrial fibrillation, but this doesn't have to stop physical activity. In fact, cardiovascular health may improve with the addition of moderate exercise.   Prior to engaging in physical activity, it is advisable that persons with atrial fibrillation consult their physician regarding any limits on exercise. Prominent cardiologists have indicated that high stress activities, such as intense aerobic activity or heavy weight training, may be detrimental, but biking, swimming, or pick-up games of your favorite sport should be ok.   Atrial fibrillation is a result of an irregular regulation of the heart beat that causes the atria and ventricles to pump at different rates. This can lead to increased risk for blood clots and strokes. Often, atrial fibrillation can be treated with blood thinners to help prevent the formation of blood clots, and in some cases, the use of electrical cardioversion may be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.   The most important recommendation is to keep the heart from beating too fast. A simple heart rate monitor can help keep track of the heart rate during activity.   Source: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_143976.html


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