Physical Activity Physical activity and atrial fibrillation

Pretest

1. What is Atrial Fibrillation?

A. The atrium of the heart pumping at the same time

B. Disorderly misfiring of the atrium in the heart

C. A hole in between the atrium of the heart

D. The semilunar valve not closing all the way

2. What percentage of adults do not participate in the recommended amount of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises?

A. 35%

B. 50%

C. 65%

D. 80%

3. What is an example of an aerobic exercise?

A. Jogging

B. Weight lifting

C. Elliptical

D. Both A and C

4. What is the length and frequency of exercise recommended for older adults?

A. 30 minutes on five days of the week

B. 60 minutes on three days of the week

C. 20 minutes on four days of the week

D. 15 minutes on six days of the week

5. What is the best exercise for my atrial fibrillation?

A. Refrain from exercise

B. Low to moderate-intensity exercises

C. High-intensity exercises

D. Weight lifting only

What is Afib?

Atrial Fibrillation is described as unorganized, disorderly electrical impulses in the atrium of the heart.

"Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the United States, affecting over 2 million individuals."

Atrial Fibrillation increases the risk of serious health injuries like heart failure and stroke. Effectively taking care of your Atrial Fibrilation will result in an increased healthy life.

Exercise

Healthy People 2020's goal is to, "Improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity."

Healthy People 2020 say that 80% of adults do not meet guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Click the buttons below to take you to video examples of each exercise!

"To promote and maintain health, older adults should participate in moderate-intensity aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes on five days of the week, or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity for at least 20 minutes on three days of the week." - AAFP

Adding or maintaining 30 minutes on five days a week of moderate-intensity exercises can decrease AF complications and improve your heart health!

What's best for my Atrial Fibrillation?

"Compared with no regular exercise, individuals with moderate-intensity exercise had 28% lower risk of AF, but individuals with high-intensity exercise did not have significantly lower risk than those with no regular exercise."

According to scientific studies, the best exercise for older adults with Atrial Fibrillation are low to moderate-intensity aerobic exercises.

Examples of these are walking, light housekeeping, yoga, TRX exercises, swimming, golfing, hiking, etc.

"Greater leisure-time activity and walking were associated with graded lower incidence of AF... intensity of exercise had a U-shaped relationship with AF, with lower risk among individuals exercising with moderate, but not high, intensity."

All that's left is getting out there!

Don't let your AF control your physical activity. You are still capable of doing most of the activities you did before being diagnosed. Find some new and fun, low to moderate-intensity exercises you've never done before.

What can you do? Where can you go?

Explore new parks and hiking trails around your neighborhood. Walk to your local grocery store for small trips. Join a new fitness group at your local gym or free classes held at high schools, universities, and outdoor fitness events!

Postest

1. What is Atrial Fibrillation?

A. The atrium of the heart pumping at the same time

B. Disorderly misfiring of the atrium in the heart

C. A hole in between the atrium of the heart

D. The semilunar valve not closing all the way

2. What percentage of adults do not participate in the recommended amount of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises?

A. 35%

B. 50%

C. 65%

D. 80%

3. What is an example of an aerobic exercise?

A. Jogging

B. Weight Lifting

C. Elliptical

D. Both A and C

4. What is the length and frequency of exercise recommended for older adults?

A. 30 minutes on five days of the week

B. 60 minutes on three days of the week

C. 20 minutes on four days of the week

D. 15 minutes on six days of the week

4. What is the best exercise for my atrial fibrillation?

A. Refrain from exercise

B. Low to moderate-intensity exercises

C. High-intensity exercises

D. Weight lifting only

Let's check your answers!

Answers: B, D, D, A, B

References

Mozaffarian, D., Furberg, C. D., Psaty, B. M., & Siscovick, D. (2008, August 19). Physical Activity and Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation in Older Adults. Retrieved March 01, 2017, from http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/118/8/800.full#T1

Older adults with limited mobility may lessen heart problems with activity. (n.d.). Retrieved March 01, 2017, from http://newsroom.heart.org/news/older-adults-with-limited-mobility-may-lessen-heart-problems-with-activity

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Bianca Sidoti
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