Exercising with Atrial Fibrillation
Having heart-related issues like atrial fibrillation may make you feel concerned about whether it’s safe for you to exercise, even if you’ve been regularly involved in consistent physical activity for years. You may be concerned that raising your heart rate by exercising could actually worsen your AFib. Recent studies indicate that some people living with AFib do better with exercise. In most cases and for most people, moderate exercise is beneficial for both your heart and your AFib symptoms, although there are some individuals who find that exercise seems to trigger symptoms of AFib. A recent small study on AFib and exercise found that people with Afib who engaged in regular exercise reported fewer problems with AFib symptoms and said their quality of life improved. They were able to better manage their everyday activities than those with AFib who didn't exercise. Physical activity can also help lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and improve energy and sleep.
Always ask your healthcare provider to be sure. Before starting any exercise routine, check with your healthcare provider or cardiologist to find out what is reasonable and safe for you, given your specific physical condition and capabilities.