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AFib, Hypertension, Stroke- Conventional or Non-Conventional Therapies?

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“Also have invested in a portable Infrared Sauna so I can do healthy (20 min.) sweats 4-5x per week. After 2 months, still have recurring AFib…”

Dear Cancer Coach- In your experience, do you believe it is safe to reject Western Meds (Diltiazem and Eliquis) for recently diagnosed persistent AFib , as a 65 year old woman who has no heart disease or risk factors aside from occasional moderate hypertension.

I am still shocked I even have this. I have never been overweight, eat healthy, never smoked, drink occasional alcoholic drinks, and have been very active my entire life . Still exercise with my elliptical, bicycle, garden, walk often @ Ocean… and long yoga sessions, 5x per week. No family history or Afib or hypertension.

Have seen a Naturopath and am taking daily heart specific supplements, ( Acetyl-L-Carnitine, HEartCalm, Ubiquinol, Nattokinase, daily Trace Mineral drops, Hawthorne Solid Extract, Himalaya Arjuna, and a baby aspirin ….daily.

Also have invested in a portable Infrared Sauna so I can do healthy (20 min.) sweats 4-5x per week. After 2 months, still have recurring Afib , so still feel nervous about my “racing heart and being smart and safe. Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks, Marsha


Hi Marsha,

You raised many different issues with your questions. All of your questions are near and dear to my heart (pun intended) as they all impact me as well. I will list your questions below and reply to each as best I can.

Keep in mind that the responses below are my personal opinions. Full disclosure. My heart damage and two DVT’s- Afib and cardiomyopathy, resulted from chemotherapy. These side affects have caused a great deal of cynicism on my part regarding conventional medicine. In case you’re wondering, no my conventional cancer therapies didn’t cure my cancer. Far from it…

Question:do you believe it is safe to reject Western Meds (Diltiazem and Eliquis) for recently diagnosed persistent AFib , as a 65 year old woman who has no heart disease or risk factors aside from occasional moderate hypertension.”

Answer: On the one hand, no, I don’t think it is safe for patients to self-medicate…in general.  On the other hand, I myself have rejected conventional blood thinners like Eliquis in favor of what I consider to be evidence-based therapies. I take all of the nutritional supplements listed below.

Question:I am still shocked I even have this. I have never been overweight, eat healthy, never smoked, drink occasional alcoholic drinks, and have been very active my entire life . Still exercise with my elliptical, bicycle, garden, walk often @ Ocean… and long yoga sessions, 5x per week. No family history or Afib or hypertension.

Answer: I understand how it can be frustrating but despite your best efforts, it is possible to develop health issues. Genes and environment matter. I would argue that your lifestyle will help your health situation dramatically regardless…

Question:Have seen a Naturopath and am taking daily heart specific supplements, ( Acetyl-L-Carnitine, HeartCalm, Ubiquinol, Nattokinase, daily Trace Mineral drops, Hawthorne Solid Extract, Himalaya Arjuna, and a baby aspirin ….daily.”

Answer: I take many of the supplements you mention as well. I exercise moderately but daily. But I believe that you are running a risk if you don’t include a conventional cardiologist on your team. I am not saying that you should follow his/her advice necessarily. A regular echo or other imaging studies can be central in your therapy plan. I have a cardiologist and try to balance conventional and non-conventional therapies and thinking myself.

Question:Also have invested in a portable Infrared Sauna so I can do healthy (20 min.) sweats 4-5x per week. After 2 months, still have recurring Afib , so still feel nervous about my “racing heart and being smart and safe.”

Answer: I sauna several times a week. One the one hand, a person can live with Afib for years. On the other hand, Afib raises your risk of stroke. I understand that the feeling of a “racing heart” is nervous-making to say the least. The studies linked and excerpted below explain that the therapies you pursue reduce  your risks and make you healthier. All good. All I am saying is that conventional cardiology has a place in your life.

Do you have Afib? Or a DVT aka a blood clot? Are you wondering about conventional therapies vs. non-conventional therapies like Nattokinase? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

thanks

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor (with late stage side effects)
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Dry Sauna Heat Helps the Heart

“They instead hint at a new way you can reduce your risk of heart disease. It seems to help people at risk of heart disease: those who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, those with diabetes, or those who smoke. It also seems to help people who already have heart problems.

“We have seen many patients with severe heart failure whose clinical symptoms improved dramatically by repeated sauna therapy,” lead study author Chuwa Tei, MD, tells WebMD…”

NATUROPATHIC MANAGEMENT : ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

“The management of atrial fibrillation requires a multi-factorial approach. To begin, the patient’s blood must be optimally thinned to avoid significant comorbidities, such as pulmonary embolism, stroke and myocardial infarct. In addition, the patient’s ventricular response rate must be slowed to 80-100bpm, and the rhythm converted to a normal sinus rhythm to avoid atrial cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure…”

Is Taking Supplements OK When You Have AFib?

“Looking for ways to avoid atrial fibrillation episodes and keep your heart in normal rhythm? What about preventing other heart problems that are linked to AFib, such as a greater chance of stroke or heart failure?

Taking supplements and vitamins could be one part of the plan to boost your heart health. There’s no substitute for getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs from foods, like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. But if you’re eating healthy and still short on certain nutrients, some supplements may help…

Magnesium

This mineral helps keep your heart rhythm steady. When you don’t have enough of it in your body, you may have an irregular heartbeat

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

It’s an antioxidant that your body makes, and your cells won’t work properly without it. CoQ10 levels go down as you get older. It may be low in people with heart problems…

Fish Oil

The jury is out on whether the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are linked to a lower chance of AFib. What we do know is that omega-3s lower the odds of abnormal heartbeats. They may also help cut down levels of fats called triglycerides in your blood and lower blood pressure…

Fiber

Psyllium, a form of fiber in many supplements, can help lower both “bad” LDL cholesterol and your total cholesterol levels. Controlling your cholesterol can help you avoid other health problems related to AFib…

Phytosterols

Because these plant compounds are similar to cholesterol, they compete with it so your body doesn’t absorb as much from food.

Experts recommend getting 2 grams of phytosterols every day to help lower “bad” cholesterol levels in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol make strokes more likely.

You can find small amounts of phytosterols in nuts and legumes, whole grains, and vegetables and fruits…

 

 

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