Patients who have experienced even a single episode of atrial flutter often want to do everything possible to avoid have additional ones. Thus, doctors routinely counsel their patients with several prevention tips. Atrial flutter is often reduced with lifestyle changes, and doctors recommend patients consider trying the DASH or Mediterranean diets to help make their hearts as healthy as possible. Patients who smoke should talk to their doctors about medications and support services that can help in quitting, and patients who are overweight or obese may wish to consider weight loss support groups, online weight loss programs, or nutrition consultations.
When exercising, it is especially important that patients are cautious and do not try to push themselves too hard or too long. They should opt for lighter exercises like slow swimming or light yoga. If patients notice their heart feels out of rhythm during exercise, they should stop immediately and call their healthcare provider for advice. Patients may wish to try meditation, writing in a journal, or reading for stress relief.