Exercise is well known to be beneficial to overall health by increasing cardiopulmonary and skeletal muscle fitness. Increased cardiopulmonary fitness reduces known cardiac risk factors, which include hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and obesity.
Exercise has also been demonstrated to be safe in patients with Afib. Some sports that involve contact or have a high incidence of collision are not recommended for someone who is on anticoagulation medications due to the increased risk of bleeding.
Studies demonstrate that an exercise prescription for Afib patients reduces the Afib burden, which can include fatigue, periods of lightheadedness, and reduce the total time spent in the arrhythmia. In addition to reduction of Afib episodes and symptoms, exercise provides patients with overall health benefits including improved quality of life.