Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and Exercise

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a serious concern. It’s caused by a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system that leads to a rapid heart beat, severe shortness of breath and chest pains. Exercise can benefit people with AFib by strengthening their heart, among other things, but it’s smart to know the best exercise for atrial fibrillation and your risks before you get started.

What Are the Risks of Exercise With AFib?

Because AFib can also cause dizziness, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, fatigue and a general intolerance for strenuous activity, AFib patients often find it difficult to get regular exercise. Many are afraid of provoking an AFib attack. The best exercise for atrial fibrillation usually includes low-impact exercise that includes a low risk of injury and won’t overly strain your heart.

Cardio with AFib, for example, might include just walking, but should be started slowly and gradually, so that you can build up your tolerance to the activity over time. While strength training is important, the use of resistance bands won’t strain your heart the same way lifting weights might. It may also be wise to monitor your heart rate while you are exercising to look for problems and track your heart’s activity as you work out.

What Are the Benefits of Exercise with Atrial Fibrillation?

A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise can strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure and help you maintain or reduce your weight. All of these things can ultimately help you better control your AFib. However, it’s important to remember that every patient is unique. You should discuss the risks of exercise with AFib and your plans with your doctor before you start.

Learn More About Treating AFib

If you’re diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or suspect you have AFib, getting an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment is key to living a healthier, more active and safe lifestyle. The Wolf Mini-Maze procedure has been making the difference to patients since 2003. Find out more about how Dr. Wolf can help you by calling 977-900-2342.