Question: I am 30 years old and have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I love sports and I am not sure to what extent this will incapacitate me. I usually run three or four days a week, 1 hour and 15 minutes long, speed series, etc. Can I continue to do this as long as I monitor myself with the heart rate monitor? In addition, on weekends I practice mountain sports. What limitations do I have? I would really appreciate your answer… I am a sea of doubts! Margarita (Houston).
Answer: First of all, we must clarify that our role is to advise and make generic recommendations, never to replace the cardiologist who has made your diagnosis. Depending on your atrial fibrillation (established or paroxysmal), the response to treatment and the treatment you are receiving, the recommendations on physical exercise that you can do will be different. In general, aerobic physical activity (of moderate intensity) is still recommended to maintain your cardiovascular health. But we insist that your cardiologist (and only he) should make the specific recommendations about the most recommended physical activity and the possibility of exercising in extreme environments. Do not forget that in remote places or areas of difficult access, any event can become a complication, given the absence of means of control and cardiological treatment.