Prescribe exercise to reduce AF burden: cardiologists

Exercise should be a central part of the management of atrial fibrillation because it eases symptom burden and reduces patient reliance on drugs and other interventions, cardiologists say.

Contrary to misguided beliefs that exercise may promote arrhythmias, new research shows regular amounts of moderate exercise significantly reduce the burden of AF, and have important benefits on symptoms and quality of life, according to Adelaide researchers.

A Norwegian study involving 51 patients with persistent AF showed that those who undertook short periods of aerobic training three times a week had a