A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Long QT Syndrome
I had a question the other day about long QT syndrome.
Long QT syndrome is a type of heart arrhythmia.
An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat, which isn’t the same as an irregular heart rate.
In fact, the two don’t necessarily occur together.
A normal heart rate is 50-100 beats per minute.
Arrhythmias can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow or rapid.
In the United States, more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year.
Arrhythmias can be caused by many different factors, including:
>Coronary artery disease.
>Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (like sodium or potassium).
>Changes in your heart muscle.
>Injury from a heart attack.
>Healing process after heart surgery.
Irregular heart rhythms can also occur in otherwise normal, healthy hearts.
The QT interval is the area on the electrocardiogram that represents the time it takes for your heart muscle to contract and then recover, or for the electrical impulse to fire impulses and then recharge.
When the QT interval is longer than normal, it increases the risk of a life-threatening form of ventricular tachycardia.
Long QT syndrome is an inherited condition that can cause sudden death in young people.
It can be treated with antiarrhythmic drugs, pacemaker, electrical cardioversion, defibrillation, implanted cardioverter/defibrillator, or ablation therapy.
It can be silent and not cause any symptoms.
An irregular heartbeat can be detected by taking your pulse or through an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).
When symptoms occur, they may include:
>Palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or “flip-flops”).
>Pounding in your chest.
>Dizziness or feeling light-headed.
>Shortness of breath.
>Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired).
To deal with long QT syndrome and get heart healthy at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
*Consider taking a strong glass of Performance and/or VitalMag to help alleviate an episode.