Barry Manilow: Back in Rhythm

When the legendary entertainer was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, he was worried he’d have a heart attack. Here, he shares his strategies for leading an active and healthy life despite the condition. 

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Barry Manilow. Atrial Fibrillation, AFib

Here, Barry—and experts—offer their tips for coping with and preventing AFib:

If you have any symptoms of AFib, call your doctor. Left untreated, the condition can cause the heart’s size and shape to change, a process called remodeling. When this occurs, the heart becomes less efficient at pumping blood. AFib episodes may last longer or become permanent.

Be active.
“I treat myself like an athlete,” says Barry. “I work out three times a week, lifting free weights.” Barry has noticed that his AFib symptoms often kick in when he’s not active. 

Get treated for conditions that are linked to AFib, such as high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism.

Eat a healthy diet.
“I don’t eat red meat,” says Barry. “I eat chicken, fish and loads of vegetables and fruits.”

Limit or avoid alcohol, caffeine or other stimulants that may increase your heart rate. And if you’re a smoker, quit! It’s a no-brainer for heart health.


May 2012