We had a great talk yesterday- it isn't possible to tell you everything but for those who wanted feedback I will try and give a few points that were new to me- i e not general exercise points that we all know already.
I asked , on behalf of those who sometimes mention on here, whether people who cycle at a high level are at risk when they exercise and the EP with us said it's different for those whose extreme exercise is actually causing the AF but that in general people should continue with exercise to the level which they find suits them individually.
They used the BORG scale of perceived exertion i e what an individual feels and they said it's best to start at 11- light exertion ( 20 minutes walk at a moderate pace)- and work towards 15- hard ( a healthy person can still carry on but is very tired)- but not to try to reach 17- very hard
Also you should be able to talk at the same time!
Something else that was useful for us was the warm up and cool down- not related to what we all know about pulling muscles but that one can trigger AF if one doesn't start gradually as one's BP goes up too quickly and the heart muscles isn't prepared, and cooling down- the heart rate etc falls too suddenly and can also trigger AF
I asked other members of health unlocked to try and remember useful points so I hope they will add something to this.
It was also said that one can work through the effect of beta blockers and digoxin ,which cause tiredness , by exercising so not to be put off by the initial feeling of tiredness!
Everything should be gradual and built up day by day. 30 minutes at least 5 days a week- really an hour is you are warming up and cooling down properly but the latter can be done by housework etc.
Hope this is useful- if anyone has a question do put it here and I will let you know if that was touched on