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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
Decrease Your Risk of Developing an Arrhythmia
- Dietary and herbal supplements
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications, including those that treat arrhythmia
- Illegal stimulants, such as cocaine and methedrine
Managing Recurring Arrhythmias
- Maintain regular communication with your health care team, adhere to your treatment plan, and go to any recommended appointments. Your needs may change over time. Regular contact with your healthcare team will help you stay on top of any changes.
- Be an active participant in your care. Talk to your team about symptoms or treatments that you are having difficulty with. Other treatments options may be available to help you better manage your arrhythmia.
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Gutierrez C, Blanchard D. Atrial fibrillation: Diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(1):61-68. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p61.html. Accessed March 20, 2014.
Living with an arrhythmia. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/arr/livingwith.html. Updated July 1, 2011. Accessed March 20, 2014.
Prevention & treatment of arrhythmia. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Prevention-Treatment-of-Arrhythmia%5FUCM%5F002026%5FArticle.jsp. Updated October 25, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 03/20/2014