In a recently published paper, Myrstad and other members of the afib.no network, review studies that have investigated effects of exercise intervention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Observational data suggest that regular physical activity is associated with reduced mortality – also in individuals with Atrial fibrillation. Exercise might improve physical capacity and quality of life, and reduce symptoms and the burden of atrial fibrillation, but the current level of evidence is too weak to support specific recommendations with regards to type of exercise and exercise intensity. In individuals with a first diagnose of atrial fibrillation, underlying conditions should be evaluated before exercise is recommended. No studies have investigated the effect of exercise on atrial fibrillation in athletes. The authors suggest that further studies should investigate different aspects of exercise in different subgroups of atrial fibrillation patients.
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