Can you prevent atrial fibrillation (AFib)? You may be able to – or at least reduce your risk for developing this condition. AFib is an irregular (often rapid) heartbeat. It’s called atrial fibrillation because the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) don’t beat at the same rate as the lower chambers (the ventricles). This irregular heartbeat prevents blood from circulating as it should. This can cause it to clot, which can in turn cause a stroke. AFib can also lead to serious heart problems, including heart failure.
Ways to Help Prevent AFib
Whether you’re looking for AFib prevention strategies, you want to try to treat your AFib without medication or surgical procedures or you’re trying to prevent AFib from returning, there are steps you can take. Basically, they involve leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes:
- Exercising regularly – although not too strenuously
- Eating a low-fat, low-sodium diet
- Not consuming alcohol or caffeine (or only in moderation)
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol
Your doctor can help you design an atrial fibrillation prevention diet and exercise regimen based on your individual overall health and any medical issues you may have.
Conditions That Can Increase Your Risk of AFib
Leading a healthy lifestyle is always wise. However, it can’t always prevent atrial fibrillation. A number of other conditions and factors can increase the risk of developing it. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid disease
- Chronic lung disease
- Sleep apnea
- Family history
- Other heart conditions
If, despite the AFib prevention strategies we’ve discussed and those recommended by your doctor, you’re suffering from AFib, you may be managing it with medications like warfarin or you may have considered implants like Watchman or Lariat. The groundbreaking Wolf Mini-Maze procedure can provide superior results without invasive surgery or significant downtime.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Randall K. Wolf developed this procedure and has performed it on patients from all across the U.S. The Mini-Maze procedure has been shown to reduce the chances of suffering an AFib-related stroke by 97%.
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To talk with Dr. Wolf and find out if the Wolf Mini-Maze procedure is right for you, call 713-441-6290 or fill out the contact form on the website.