Limit how much alcohol you drink. Ask your doctor when it is okay to drink, and how much is safe.
Do not smoke cigarettes. If you do smoke, your doctor or nurse can help you quit.
Follow a heart healthy diet.
- Avoid salty and fatty foods.
- Stay away from fast-food restaurants.
- Your doctor can refer you to a dietitian, who can help you plan a healthy diet.
- If you take warfarin, do not make big changes in your diet or take vitamins without checking with your doctor.
Try to avoid stressful situations.
- Tell your doctor or nurse if you feel stressed or sad.
- Talking to a counselor may help.
Learn how to check your pulse, and check it every day.
- It is better to take your own pulse than to use a machine.
- A machine may be less accurate because of atrial fibrillation.
Limit the amount of caffeine you drink (found in coffee, tea, colas, and many other beverages.)
Do not use cocaine, amphetamines, or any other illegal drugs. They may make your heart beat faster, and cause permanent damage to your heart.