Ventricular Fibrillation Prevention
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Ventricular Fibrillation
To help reduce your chance of getting ventricular fibrillation, take the following steps:
- Lower your risk of CAD:
- Eat a healthful diet, one that is low in saturated fat and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- If you are overweight, lose weight.
- Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit.
- Avoid or limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and other substances that may contribute to Arrhythmias or heart disease.
- Avoid unnecessary stress, and try to manage or control stressful situations that cannot be avoided.
If a person is at high risk of ventricular fibrillation, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can be surgically placed in the chest to help prevent ventricular fibrillation. In addition, anti-arrhythmic drugs may be given to prevent a future episode.