Heart Arrhythmia Health Topic
Learn More About Heart Arrhythmia
Irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmia, occur when nerves that regulate the contraction of the heart go haywire. Normally, a heartbeat is a highly coordinated event, directed by the sequential firing of nerves that signal each chamber of the heart to contract. When things go awry, the nerve signals may be delayed, or the nerves may fire more often than necessary. The end result is that the heart pumps blood less efficiently. Nutritional therapy for arrhythmia focuses on two minerals in particular: magnesium and potassium. Nerve cells make use of both to help fire off messages, and a shortage of either one can cause life-threatening problems.
Because magnesium is essential for healthy control of blood vessel function, blood pressure regulation, and normal heart contractions, a deficiency in magnesium increases risk of conditions such as endothelial dysfunction, hypertension, and cardiacarrythmias.
Low levels of potassium can also cause problems with the heart, including irregular heartbeat, palpitations and cardiac arrhythmia. Since potassium is used by the muscles in the exchange of electrical potential so that they can contract, a lack of potassium slows down this process.
Arrhythmia can manifest when the heart beats very fast (tachycardia) or very slowly (bradycardia). Arrhythmia is the result of interference with the electrical pathways that produce the heart's rhythmic muscular contractions. Discusses coenzyme Q10, taurine, and berberine.
Regular time spent doing yoga breathing and stretching exercises may help keep potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorders in check. As little as two one-hour yoga sessions per week can help significantly reduce the number of episodes of rapid, out-of-control heartbeats experienced by patients with atrial fibrillation. These patients also cut their blood pressure and lowered their levels of anxiety and depression. Yoga training reduced instances of atrial fibrillation by about 30 to 40 percent.
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