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Mobitz I Heart Block Home Care

Home care for second degree heart block may include:

  • Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation:
    • For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
    • For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Eat a healthy heart diet:
    • Limit your intake of fat to 30% of your total calories.
    • 10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil.
    • Low cholesterol diet.
    • Low salt diet.
    • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fats
  • Weight loss if you are overweight
  • Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor.
  • Learn how to take your own pulse.
  • If you have high blood pressure:
    • Learn how to take your blood pressure.
    • Check your blood pressure every day
    • Keep a blood pressure diary.
  • Take any prescribed heart medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your heart medication.
    • Avoid running out of your prescribed heart medications.
    • Don't stop your medication when you feel better.
    • Talk to your doctor before stopping your heart medication if you feel worse.
    • Be aware of potential drug side effects.

Mobitz I Heart Block Diet

A healthy diet for people with second degree heart block should include:

  • Limit total fat intake to no more than 20 to 25% of your total calories:
    • Less than 7% of the day's total calories from saturated fat.
    • Up to 10% of the day's total calories from polyunsaturated fat.
    • Up to 20% of the day's total calories from monounsaturated fat
  • Less than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day.
  • Just enough calories to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. You may want to ask your doctor or registered dietitian what is a reasonable calorie level for you.
  • Reduced salt to 2 grams per day.
  • Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Limiting iron intake: too much iron can increase atherosclerosis
  • More complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fiber. Whole grains and brown rice are good fiber sources. Other sources include:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Bran
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Legumes

Check with your doctor about supplementing your diet with B vitamins. Some people may benefit from these supplements.

Mobitz I Heart Block Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have second degree heart block and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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