Once you know the answers to the following questions, you and your doctor can develop a care plan to manage the manageable risk factors and symptoms.
- What’s happening in my body when an arrhythmia is present?
- Is my heart beating too rapidly, not fast enough, or not regularly?
- What caused the arrhythmia?
- Are any of my habits, disease processes, genetics, or personal stats risk factors?
- What makes the symptoms of arrhythmia worse and better?
- What can be done to avoid symptoms?
- Do I need to tell my family, friends, coworkers and employer, and other healthcare providers about my arrhythmia?
Developing Prevention MeasuresAvoid Arrhythmia Triggers
Your healthcare provider will help you isolate the things that may trigger or contribute to your symptoms. It could be as simple as reducing stress. You may need to eliminate substances that affect how the heart beats, such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, or drugs.
You may need to change medications you take for other medical conditions since many cause irregularities and timing issues with the heart beat.These may include:
- cold and flu meds
- cough syrups
- appetite suppressants
- arrhythmia meds
Kick stimulant substance habits - alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, marijuana. Eat a well-balanced, heart-healthy diet. Routinely exercise to increase the heart’s stamina and strength.
Making such lifestyle changes not only can improve the symptoms of arrhythmia, but it can also help lower your risk for secondary issues like stroke, cancer, and heart attack.Have An Emergency Plan In Place
Anyone with a heart arrhythmia should have a written and verbal plan of action in case the arrhythmia becomes a medical emergency or requires immediate attention. Your healthcare provider may recommend calming exercises or emergency medications to carry with you to restore your heart to a normal rhythm. Those closest to you should know this plan and emergency contact numbers.Add Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fatty fish like salmon, herring, and sardines are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, especially when consumed at least three times per week. You can also find omega-3s as a fish oil nutrition supplement. Studies have shown that omega-3s can help reduce the risk of heart attack.
Need to find out more about a known or potential arrhythmia, what your risk factors are, or how arrhythmias can be managed? Contact CAIAZ's local Mesa cardiology clinic to schedule an appointment or discuss your Mesa arrhythmia treatment today.
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