Aging & Health A to Z
Lifestyle & Management
Your healthcare provider will help you decide how your arrhythmia can best be managed. Lifestyle changes can help control troublesome symptoms and help prevent an arrhythmia from getting worse.
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Quitting smoking
- Decreasing your intake of caffeine or alcohol
- Stopping drug abuse
- Avoiding certain over-the-counter medications, such as decongestants, and certain herbal remedies, such as cola nut, ephedra, or guarana
Certain prescription medications can also cause arrhythmias. If you are taking any of these medications, notify your healthcare provider if you have arrhythmia symptoms:
- Anticonvulsants (used to treat seizures or epilepsy)
- Diuretics (water pills)
- Migraine medications
- Antiviral medications (including medications used to treat HIV/AIDS)
Make sure your provider knows about all the medications you are taking, even over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements, even if you only take them sometimes. Always check with your provider before you start or stop taking any prescription or non-prescription medication.
Updated: November 2016
Posted: March 2012