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Stress can contribute to heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) such as atrial fibrillation. Some studies suggest that stress and mental health issues may cause your atrial fibrillation symptoms to worsen. High levels of stress may also be linked to other health problems. Coping with your stress is important for your health.
Finding ways to manage your stress may help improve your health and manage your condition.
Some stress management ideas include:
If these stress management techniques aren't helping, talk to your health care provider.
There is a complex relationship between atrial fibrillation and anxiety and depression.
More research is needed to fully understand the complex relationship between atrial fibrillation and these mental health conditions.
If you have symptoms of depression or anxiety — such as persistent feelings of sadness or worry, difficulty concentrating, and loss of interest in most activities — talk with your health care provider. He or she may recommend you see a specialist trained in mental health conditions (psychologist or psychiatrist) for diagnosis and treatment.