WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From weight loss to physical activity, lifestyle changes are effective, yet underused strategies to manage atrial fibrillation, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).
“While established medical treatment protocols remain essential, helping AF patients adopt healthier lifestyle habits whenever possible may further help to reduce episodes of AF,” said Dr. Mina Chung, who led the team that wrote the new scientific statement. She’s a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
But there are caveats, according to the statement. Extreme physical activity can raise the risk of a-fib, so workouts of professional-level intensity are not advised.
“To help patients make healthy lifestyle changes, we suggest setting specific, progressive