There is an Atrial Fibrillation Cause or two that are easy to remedy and extremely well researched, yet doctors and cardiologists will never tell you about them. When you find out about this extremely common cause of atrial fibrillation, then you will wonder why no one has told you about it and why no one has used these inexpensive substances in order to help you.
Magnesium is an extremely well-researched mineral, and it is vital for the electrical activity in the body- especially for the heart and the brain. Every cell in the body and every single electrical pathway in the body is regulated by magnesium and when this electrical activity gets altered, you can have problems that range from simple irritability to atrial fibrillation to Sudden Death from Heart Failure. When you take a look at the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency, you will see that all of the symptoms have to do with the inability to relax- whether it is muscles, neurons or YOU that can't relax.
What IS atrial fibrillation anyway? It is the inability of the atrial portion of the heart and its electrical activity to relax. The effects of the atria are somewhat like a Muscle Cramp or a 'seizure' of the heart. And muscle cramps and seizures are both related to magnesium deficiency as well!
There are many, many studies showing that the Causes of Muscle Cramps, spasms, tightness, seizures, Heart Palpitations etc. are improved or relieved entirely simply by the administration of magnesium. And atrial fibrillation is no different.
Research is surprisingly replete with studies correlating one of the the causes of atrial fibrillation as being a magnesium deficiency. A population that gets atrial fibrillation in high numbers are people who get open heart surgery. The atrial fibrillation contributes to longer hospital stays and higher death rates- so the atrial fibrillation cause in this group has been well-studied. And there are at least 20 studies that have, as a group, been analyzed to show that:
There are quite a few studies that use magnesium along with drugs that help to regulate the heart rate or rhythm in atrial fibrillation. These studies are quite eye-opening and illustrate the importance of magnesium in the body.
Studies of people who did NOT have surgery, but came to the hospital with atrial fibrillation from other causes, were treated with magnesium as a sole treatment for atrial fibrillation. These studies showed that either:
And this may be the reason that there are some who believe that Epsom Salt Uses for atrial fibrillation can be of benefit. Epsom salt is not SALT, but magnesium and it can be absorbed right through the skin and be of benefit for conditions where magnesium deficiency is a problem.
WARNING: If you DO have atrial fibrillation,
a sudden 'conversion' of your heart to it's normal
rhythm COULD cause dangerous blood clots to be
released. You MUST involve your cardiologist
before you begin taking magnesium!
One study compared Intravenous magnesium sulfate versus diltiazem in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and magnesium showed to be just as effective as this drug to actually CONVERT the heart back to a normal rhythm. Not only that, but there were fewer serious side effects in the magnesium group. This study is just more proof that magnesium deficiency is an atrial fibrillation cause- while Diltiazem deficiency is not!
Another study showed that magnesium replacement given before open heart surgery did NOT prevent atrial fibrillation after the surgery when it was given with a drug called a Beta Blocker! This is of great interest because magnesium By Itself works to prevent atrial fibrillation after surgery in many studies. So this makes one wonder if the action of beta blockers DECREASES the effectiveness of the magnesium!
Additionally, Beta Blocker Side Effects should make anyone question if there are better alternatives than these potentially dangerous drugs.
Yet ANOTHER study used the common drug Digoxin, also called Lanoxin, to slow the heart rate in people with atrial fibrillation. Interestingly, it required twice as much digoxin to slow the heart rate when the patients had low magnesium levels as when they had NORMAL magnesium levels!
Again, this just shows that a Digoxin deficiency is NOT an atrial fibrillation cause! And, again, the Side Effects of Digoxin should make you pause.
Magnesium, however, is not the only atrial fibrillation cause that your doctor is not going to look for. Another problem that can lead to atrial fibrillation is a bacterial stomach infection known as the H pylori Bacteria.
While it sounds crazy that an infection might cause a heart problem, not only is H pylori hypothesized to contribute to Atrial fibrillation, but also to the regular type of heart disease that causes heart attacks. This is interesting because this bacteria causes inflammation that can be measured by the blood test called the CRP, or C Reactive Protein.
In the study Helicobacter pylori and atrial fibrillation: a possible pathogenic link, they state that it is this creation of inflammation that seems to be a large contriubutor to both atrial fibrillation and heart disease. It's unclear at this point if eliminating H pylori could help to eliminate someone's Atrial Fibrillation or decrease their risk of heart disease, but chronic inflammation is always an insidious and damaging process that should be reduced whenever possible.
Yet, despite all of this, hospitals tend to use magnesium in heart surgery cases or other cases ONLY if magnesium levels are low. This is despite the evidence that magnesium can help to prevent AND treat atrial fibrillation, and despite the fact that Magnesium Levels are absolutely inaccurate- missing up to 90% of people with magnesium deficiency.
In addition, if atrial fibrillation is not able to be converted to a normal rhythm within a short time after it starts, it will often become a chronic longstanding problem that requires at least one drug to keep the rate slow and another drug to thin the blood. But these people are virtually NEVER instructed to take magnesium for their problem. Why is this?
Well, there are several reasons:
1) Doctors still relying on Magnesium Laboratory testing even though it is virtually worthless to detect deficiency.
2) There is disbelief that nutritional issues can cause medical problems in first world countries.
There is an across the board belief that medical problems in westernized countries are just simply random occurrences or genetic problems and can not possibly have anything to do with nutritional deficiencies- even when the evidence points to the contrary, and even when in cases- like that of the Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy and Causes of Heart Failure- third world poor countries use Multivitamin Supplements to treat and prevent these diseases effectively and at an amazingly inexpensive cost.
Yet in a first world country with extensive medical facilities and an amazing amount of money that is spent on medical issues, we STILL cannot put the research together that an Atrial Fibrillation Cause could be a simple nutritional deficiency that would cost pennies a day to prevent and possibly even treat. While magnesium deficiency is certainly not the ONLY atrial fibrillation cause, and there are many factors involved- the research shows that it certainly contributes to the problem of atrial fibrillation.
Think this is interesting about the atrial fibrillation cause, keep reading to find out some of the OTHER surprising Signs of Magnesium Deficiency that almost always get overlooked by medical professionals.
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