8 Easy Exercises You Can Do with Afib

8 Easy Exercises You Can Do with Afib

Atrial fibrillation affects at least 3 million people in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association, making it one of the most common kinds of heart arrhythmia.  

But don’t let it deter you from exercising. You can definitely benefit from physical activity, as long as the activity you choose doesn’t generate an uncontrolled heart rhythm. Just consult your doctor and develop an exercise plan together that will suit your specific needs. Talk to your physician and try these Afib-safe exercises.

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