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 FAQs Coping with A-Fib: Sex and Exercise

Maze heart You are not alone - with outline 175 pix at 96 res8. “Should I cool my sex life? Can I exercise if I have Atrial Fibrillation? Should I exercise?”

You don’t have to worry about dying while making love. A-Fib isn’t like having a heart attack. Episodes of A-Fib are normally not life threatening

Whether or not you should exercise, is really a judgment call for you and your doctor to make. In A-Fib when you first start exercising, often your heart rate tends to be very rapid. Also, the A-Fib reduces your overall capacity to exercise, because your heart isn’t pumping properly.

These observations aside, if you can exercise without your heart rate becoming too rapid and you feel like exercising, you probably should. But check with your doctor. (In some types of A-Fib, moderate exercise may actually help you come out of an attack of A-Fib.)

Consumer Heart Rate Monitors by Polar

Consumer Heart Rate Monitors by Polar

If you want to monitor your heart rate while you exercise, you can wear a consumer or sports heart rate monitor. We like the “Polar” brand. Check out the array of Polar brand heart rate monitors on Amazon.com. Other companies include Timex, Garmin, Acumen, Nike, and Cardiosport. Used by runners and other athletes, they rely on the use of a chest strap to pick up the electrical signals  from the heart and transmit to a special wrist watch. You can set it to sound an alarm if your pulse exceeds a certain rate.

For an in-depth review of DIY/sports monitors, see my report: Consumer (DIY) Heart Rate Monitors and my Shopping Guide to DiY Monitors.

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Last updated: Monday, February 13, 2017

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