Heart Dysrythmias

Heart Dysrythmias Overview:

Heart Dysrythmias involve an irregular beating of the heart. This can be too slow, in the case of bradydysrythmias, or too fast, as with the case of tachydysrythmias.

 

Aetiology:

+ Bradydysrythmia

Involves an irregularily slow heartbeat.

Causes:

  • Endurance athlete
  • Opioid medications

+ Tachydysrythmia

Involves an iregularily fast heartbeat. The most common form is Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) including Atrial fibrillation (AF).

Causes:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hypovolemic shock
 

Symptoms:

Fluttering sensation in the chest

Racing heartbeat

Slow heartbeat

Chest pain or tightness

Shortness of breath

Lightheadedness

Dizziness

Syncope

 

Diagnostic Considerations:

  • Full blood count
  • Coronary calcium score
  • Liver function testing
  • Scanning
 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Stabilise Heart Rhythm

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  • Antidysrhythmics (Crataegus oxycanthus, Leonurus cardiaca, Ziziphus spinosa)

2. Reduce Nervous Tension

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  • Nervine Sedatives (Valeriana officinalis, Scutellaria lateriflora, Passiflora incarnata, Piper methysticum)
  • Adaptogens (Withania somnifera)

3. Prevent Thromboembolism (AF)

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  • Fibrinolytics (Salvia miltorrhiza, Allium sativum)
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors (Allium sativum, Ginkgo biloba, Vitamin E, Fish Oil)

4. Support Cardiac Function

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  • Cardiovascular tonics (Crataegus ocycanthus)
  • Nutritional (Magnesium, CoQ10, B Vitamins, Taurine)

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Differential Diagnosis:

  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypercalcemia
 

Comorbidities:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Sleep apnea
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Caffeine intake
  • Nicotine
 

Cautions:

Diagnostic testing required to rule out differentials.

 

Herbs For Heart Dysrhythmias:

 

Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: March 2018


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