Prevention of Arrhythmia

How Can Arrhythmia be Prevented?

If you have an existing heart condition, you can do the following to keep it from getting worse:

  • Know the symptoms of arrhythmia. If you notice symptoms, report them to your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Have regular checkups.
  • Maintain your treatment program, and take all your medications.
  • Know the causes of arrhythmia and the factors that increase the risk of arrhythmia.
  • Learn how the heart works so you can better understand your condition.

If you have a normal, healthy heart, you can do the following to keep it healthy:

  • Know the risk factors and symptoms of arrhythmia and other heart conditions.
  • Get treatment for any problems.
  • Have regular checkups.
  • Live a heart-healthy life, which includes:
    • Stopping smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
    • Maintaining a healthful weight
    • Eating a healthful, balanced, low-fat diet
    • Limiting or avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and other substances that contribute to abnormal heart rhythm and other heart problems
    • Exercising regularly
    • Controlling stress