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Chapter 1: Managing high blood pressure Following are some tips to live safely with atrial fibrillation: 77Know what triggers an episode. Some common triggers include alcohol, caffeine, extreme physical exertion, upper respiratory infections and stress. 77 Take precautions when on blood-thinning medications. Preventing blood clots that can form in the heart and travel to the brain is an important part of treatment. Always check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before stopping, adding or changing any medications. 77Be smart about over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines. Some overthe counter medications contain stimulants that can speed up your heart and trigger an atrial fibrillation attack. They may also interfere with atrial fibrillation medications you’re taking to control your heart rate or rhythm. Always check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter medication. 77 Limit alcohol, caffeine, salt and nicotine. Try to limit or avoid alcohol. Studies have shown that drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day can increase the risk of Afib. Salt does not trigger Afib, but it does contribute to high blood pressure. Nicotine is a heart stimulant that can trigger Afib and is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. 22


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