Arrhythmias - From the Discussion Forums


The simple rhythm of your heartbeat is a miraculous thing. An electrical signal from your brain triggers contractions that push blood through the heart’s chambers, while nerve impulses and blood hormones vary the pace of contractions as needed.

An arrhythmia is trouble – a disturbance of the heart’s rhythm. Arrhythmia occasionally occurs in a healthy heart, but when an irregular heartbeat becomes pronounced, it can prompt a stroke, a heart attack, or contribute to heart disease.

An HSI member named Eve has posted this question about arrhythmia in the HSI Healthier Talk community forums:

Eve: “Does anyone know of a natural treatment for arrhythmia? My Mom suffers from a rapid heartbeat at times, causing her to be very short of breath. Her Dr. put her on a drug which almost sent her to the emergency room. I told her there has got to be a better way! I am open to suggestions for her. She had two stents put in this summer. She is also on Coumadin which I don’t like. I had already told her that she needed extra B vitamins, C & E.”

Michael: “If your mom’s arrhythmia is not due to a heart condition like coronary artery disease (CAD), then additional magnesium and potassium might do the trick.”

Aardvark: “A fairly comprehensive list of heart-healthy supplements is as follows: Vitamin B Complex (w/additional B-6), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Brewer’s Yeast, Cat’s Claw (Una de Gato), Calcium, Chromium, CoQ10, DHEA, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose Oil, Garlic, Hawthorne Berries, Kelp, L-Carnitine, Lecithin, Magnesium, Peppermint, Potassium and Selenium. Try to get her to replace the coumadin with nattokinase or serrapeptase, both of which are very effective natural blood thinners. Be sure to ramp up to the full recommended amounts over several weeks.”

Dr. Wombat: “I would add to the last post that this ought to be done under close supervision. Careful with supplemental potassium. Step up the Magnesium until diarrhea happens then back off slightly. Have teeth checked for cracked filling.”

GrandpaBob: “I have arrhythmia and I have found that the substance that helps me the most is arjuna. 550 mg three times a day, with added magnesium citrate does a lot of good. The use of Arjuna is from Ayurvedic medicine in India but is not well known in the U. S. It is featured in a 2004 report by HSI called ‘New Breakthroughs Against Heart Disease and Stroke.’

“I actually was on the Magnesium Citrate almost two months before I discovered arjuna. When I added arjuna to the regimen there was a noticeable improvement. So I continued with both. Admittedly this does not demonstrate what the arjuna would do by itself: however, since they are both inexpensive and seem to work well together I kept them both.”

Arrhythmia can be a life-threatening condition. So take Dr. Wombat’s advice and consult with a doctor or a trusted health care professional before beginning a new supplement regimen to address arrhythmia.

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Raven Mad

I’d like to say I’m not superstitious. I’d like to say that my husband didn’t take photos of everyone who watched the game at our house on Sunday so he can tell if they’re wearing the same outfits next time. I’d like to say we didn’t move the bowl of M&Ms partway through the game to make sure they were exactly where they were when the Ravens beat Tampa. But I’m afraid saying it (and lying) will mean my team will never win again.

And Sunday was close enough.

For those of you who didn’t see it, the Ravens eked out a win on Sunday by the narrowest of margins with only a drop of time left. They won 15-14 with about 20 seconds left on the clock. In reality, two not entirely wise (read that: totally boneheaded) decisions led to the nail-biting, hair-pulling finish.

Earlier in the game (I can’t remember whenit’s all a blur until the last 1:30), they had a 4th and 2. Instead of going for the 3 points with one of the most reliable kickers in the game, Billick (or Fassel depending on which press conferences you listen to) elected to “go for it” and try to get a 1st down. Three points gonejust like that.

Later in the game, after scoring a touchdown, they again decided not to trust Matt Stover (apparently confusing him with kickers from the Jets or Falcons) to add the PAT and “went for 2” instead. Another pointgone.

So when Cleveland was ahead 14-12, I kept reminding everyone that we were only down by two because we chose not to be up by four.

Hopefully the rock, paper, scissors game they were playing on the sideline resolved itself and they’ll remember this cardinal rule of football moving forward: TTPS (Take the points, stupid!)

This week, I get to see my first live action when San Diego comes to Baltimore for the LT/Ray-Ray showdown. Hopefully (for Chargers fans), Phillip Rivers is ready to throw more than 8 or 10 passes, because a one-dimensional running team will quickly become a zero-dimensional, 3-and-out team with lightening rods Ray Lewis, Kelly Gregg, Adalius Thomas and Terrell Suggs waiting for Tomlinson to hit the ground.