Physically active people with atrial fibrillation live longer - News-Medical.Net

"Regular endurance training and good fitness seem to protect against serious cardiovascular events and early mortality for people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation." "The results show that people with atrial fibrillation who meet the authorities' recommendations for physical activity generally live longer than patients who exercise less.

They also have almost half the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease," says Garnvik.

People with atrial fibrillation have a higher health risk than same-aged individuals who do not have the disease.

"On the other hand, the risk for physically active participants with atrial fibrillation wasn't higher than for physically inactive healthy people in the same age group," Garnvik says.

No specific training recommendations for people with atrial fibrillation have been published yet.

"The findings suggest that aerobic interval training has the same beneficial effect on risk factors in people with atrial fibrillation as in patients with other cardiovascular illnesses," says Malmo.

"We know that very high levels of exercise over many years can increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

However, this is not something most of us need to worry about.

Too little physical activity is a much greater cause of atrial fibrillation in the population than people exercising too much," says Garnvik.

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Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia that manifests in the atria of the heart and can lead to blood clot formation, stroke or heart failure. The heart rate is rapid and irregular and manifests as palpitations. Other symptoms include weakness and low tolerance to exercise. The treatment goal is to convert and maintain the heartbeat back to normal. 

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