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Overview of Cardiac Arrhythmias (Palpitations, PVC, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Heart Block)

Arrhythmias are heart conditions in which the heart does not beat with a "regular rate and rhythm" (RRR). These are often called "heart palpitations". This condition includes:

  • sinus bradycardia,
  • premature atrial contractions,
  • atrial fibrillation,
  • atrial flutter,
  • supraventricular tachycardia,
  • heart block,
  • premature ventricular contractions,
  • ventricular tachycardia,
  • ventricular fibrillation,
  • cardiac arrest.

A wide range of these conduction abnormalities in the heart are visible in EKG or ECG.

Complimentary and alternative treatments for cardiac arrhythmias that are considered below include:

  • Neurotransmitter Balancing

Etiology of Cardiac Arrhythmias (Palpitations, PVC, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Heart Block)

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors

  • Increasing age
  • Family history
  • Damage to the heart caused by myocardial infarction may lead to abnormal conduction
  • heart disease or heart surgery
  • Valvular heart problems [Some naturopaths report some nutritional treatments can reduce this].

Modifiable Risk Factors/Triggers

  • Paradoxically, hyperthyroidism can also cause heart arrhythmias.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Viral infections.
  • Electrolyte imbalances.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (How much is too much? Cut it ALL out and see if the problem goes away!)
  • Over-exercise, stress, anxiety.
  • Excessive stimulant consumption (caffeine, diet pills, street drugs).
  • Tyramine-containing foods.

Differential Diagnosis of Cardiac Arrhythmias (Palpitations, PVC, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Heart Block)

  • Copper toxicity can cause tachycardia; This may especially be a problem in "red-rock" areas of Arizona, where the soil/water may be high in copper.

Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias (Palpitations, PVC, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Heart Block)

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Conventional Treatments

Always consider anti-coagulant therapies (warfarin, ASA, Xaralto, etc) to prevent stroke!

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

  • Various practitioners have reported success arrhythmias with concurrent hypothyroidism, with normalization of conduction within weeks of treatment for hypothyroidism. In these cases, remission of symptoms is attributed to resolution of myxedema of the myocardium [Barnes], [Zondek1944], [Starr2005, pg 135].
  • Hawthorn solid extract.
  • Optimize copper and zinc levels and ratio. [Gaby pg 248]
  • Optimize both magnesium and potassium levels.
  • Fish oil [Gaby pg 247]
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D [Gaby pg 248]
  • Taurine
  • Arginine
  • Optimize mitochondrial function:
    • Coenzyme-Q10
    • L-carnitine or Acetyl L-carnitine
    • PQQ
    • Selenium
    • Co-enzymated or natural B vitamin complex
    • D-Ribose
  • Limit MSG, aspartame, caffeine and alcohol intake [Gaby pg 246]
  • Eliminate food allergies [Gaby pg 246]
  • Acupuncture, Chiropractic/ND manipulation, massage/acupressure.
  • Consider homeopathy as an adjunctive therapy!

Note that nutritional supplements and testing are not covered by most insurance policies, but may be eligible for payment out of Health Care Savings Accounts.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that chronic diseases such as Cardiac Arrhythmias can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter levels in the body.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in neurotransmitter balancing protocols, but has not treated Cardiac Arrhythmias using this technique.

Please see What is Neurotransmitter Balancing? for more information.

References for Cardiac Arrhythmias (Palpitations, PVC, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Heart Block)