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77Get regular exercise. Exercise strengthens your heart. It cuts down on fatigue by increasing your energy and helping you sleep better at night. Exercise can also help you lose weight, and being at a healthy weight is an important part of managing atrial fibrillation. Talk to your healthcare provider about what level of activity is safe for you. Most experts recommend exercising 30 to 60 minutes five or six times each week. 77 Find ways to lower stress. To handle stress, first identify what triggers it and then adopt a coping strategy. Try saying no when pressured to take on more than you can handle comfortably. Practice positive self-talk, physical exercise and deep breathing. Make time to do the things you enjoy. 77Educate yourself. Learn as much as you can about Afib, and take an active role in managing your condition. It’s also important to work with your healthcare provider. Afib treatment isn’t the same for everyone. It’s also important to know that even your own individualized Afib treatment plan may change over time as your needs change. Always let your healthcare provider know about all your symptoms to make sure you’re getting the treatment that’s best for you. Keep your medical appointments, get necessary blood tests and take all your medications. Also, when you see any of your other healthcare providers, take a list of all your meds with you. 23


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