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Involving other people

 

Many people are lucky enough to have a network of friends and family who can offer support. You might find yourself relying on your support network. You might also find you are having to reassure them too. One way that may help you to do this is to give them the facts, and help them understand what steps you and your doctor are taking to prevent a stroke.1


Share your knowledge

It's hard for other people to understand what it's like to have atrial fibrillation, especially as many of the symptoms aren't always noticeable. So employers, relatives and friends may be unaware of the impact it has on your day-to-day life. Sharing your knowledge will help to bridge this gap.

Let people help

You may be worried that other people think you're exaggerating your symptoms. This is rarely the case. The more you explain your condition the better they'll understand. Also it can be a big step, especially if you are someone who has taken care of your own family's health, to be the person who now needs support. You'll find being able to open up to people, and let them help you, is reassuring for both you and the people who care about you.

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1. Cardioversion. Atrial Fibrillation Society. January 2009. http://www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk/files/file/PVAFACardioversion090413.pdf Accessed 9 May 2011