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Excerpt From My Book: The Importance of Relaxation with Atrial Fibrillation

While I recommend stress relief to many of my clients, the ones that are living with atrial fibrillation can derive a great benefit from keeping yourself happy and relaxed. When we get stressed, our blood pressure raises, our muscles tend to tense up, and our heart rate can increase. Add all these effects together, and it creates a perfect storm for an AFib episode. This can worsen atrial fibrillation symptoms and cause other long-term health problems if the stress persists.

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Managing stress can not only help decrease atrial fibrillation symptoms or episodes, but it can also improve your quality of life. While you should always have this conversation with your doctor before starting any new health and wellness routine, here are some ideas for ways to help take control of your stress and your health.

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Some stress reduction ideas include:

  • Engaging in self or guided meditation
  • Practicing most forms of yoga
  • Relaxation techniques; such as deep breathing or biofeedback
  • Leaning on your support group of family and friends for help
  • Being involved in some form of physical activity
  • Maintaining a balanced healthy diet
  • Stop smoking

Talking to your doctor can help you identify the methods or activities that would work best for you, your severity of AFib, and your personal interests.

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On another note, there does exist a relationship between atrial fibrillation and anxiety or depression. Many cardiologists are aware of this connection, so if you are experiencing these feelings or thoughts I urge you to reach out to your medical practitioner and discuss this topic with them. There is help out there for you, and a licensed psychologist would be happy to talk with you about what you are experiencing. There is nothing wrong with seeking someone to discuss these feelings with. The quality of your life is important, so please don’t feel shy about taking action to create a better life for yourself.

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Fey

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Excerpt from my Book: Biofeedback for Heart Health

If you’ve never heard of it, biofeedback is a type of therapy where the individual focuses becoming self aware of  physiological functions and reactions with the goal of being able to control certain bodily functions. Sometimes this is achieved with the help of equipment to give the individual something to focus on during a session. A good example of biofeedback is learning how to control your breathing to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. This can have many uses, such as during an AFib episode or if you are stressing out over an impending deadline at work. Biofeedback can also assist with relaxing muscles, which can be of great benefit to those of us suffering with Atrial Fibrillation.

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Most biofeedback sessions I’ve been a part of are facilitated by an expert in the field, normally a psychologist or licensed physician, and are a goal oriented experience. For example, in the breathing exercise outlined earlier the group could have the goal of learning deep breathing to control heart rate and blood pressure. I’ve also been a part of sessions for progressive muscle relaxation to help participants identify stress in the body and learn how to release it. However, there are many different types of biofeedback that can be used to monitor different bodily functions. So if you are curious about if this type of treatment is right for you, I would suggest reaching out to your primary care physician or cardiologist to find a professional that they know or can recommend. The great thing about biofeedback sessions is that the information you learn in a few sessions can be utilized for the rest of your life. The deep breathing process I learned in my sessions can be used in the car, in the shower, or even when I’m on the phone.

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One of the reasons biofeedback works so well for people with heart conditions is that it increases parasympathetic activity, and can lower heart rate. Remember, the parasympathetic system controls the involuntary nervous systems of the body, such as the heart or intestines. If you’ve forgotten the difference between the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system, think of it this way: the sympathetic nervous system controls your fight or flight response- it gets the body through emergency situations- while the parasympathetic nervous system maintains bodily functions when you are at rest. I like to think of it this way, if I needed to run away from a mountain lion, I would be relying on my sympathetic nervous system to get me to safety. However, if I’m soaking in the bathtub, then my parasympathetic nervous system is working to keep my body in balance while I’m at rest.

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Excerpt From My Book: Videogames for Heart Health?

In today’s tech savvy world the power of technology can’t be underrated. While I’m not aware of any videogame devices that can eliminate the need for a monthly gym membership, your Wii or X-Box can be a great way to slowly introduce your body to some light cardio. This would be a great option for people who have been sedentary for a long time, or those who suffer from more chronic heart conditions- as long as you have medical clearance from your primary care physician or cardiologist.

The Wii has sport games such as boxing and tennis that are such to get your heart rate going, and the X-Box has a dancing program that allows you to dance to the moves on your television screen. The once popular game Dance Dance Revolution also sells at home versions of their popular game so you can lean fancy footwork at home while burning some calories. Back in high school a friend of mine actually had one of these Dance Dance Revolution home kits and we used it every chance we got. It was a fun way to get our heart rate up and laugh until our sides hurt.

Starting out with these videogames in the comfort of your own home is also a great way to work on your self esteem. If you are feeling self conscious about your current level of cardio fitness, working on improving cardiovascular function via games such as this is a great way to ease into a cardio training routine. Plus, there is the added benefit that you can perform these moves in your PJs on a Saturday morning and never have to leave the house!

Just be sure to keep increasing the intensity. If you mastered all the beginner level sports or dances on your gaming console, but sure to try out medium difficulties and then the hard modes to keep your cardiovascular health improving. The goal should be fun and fitness performance so your health improves in a positive way. Additionally, always remember to keep your heart rate in check and in your optimal fitness range.

Using videogames in this way is also a great alternative if you are sick and can’t make it to the gym. My clients can still do light cardio at home when they are ill to keep on track with their health and wellness goals, without having to get their trainer or other gym goers sick with what they might have. As a trainer who often works with sick clients, my immune system thanks you for not getting me sick too.

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Fey

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