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You and Your Heart - Part II  
In This Issue
Heart Disease - Cardiac Arrhythmias
Lone Atrial Fibrillation
Nutrients help with Cardiac Arrhythmia
Drugs Cause Abnormal Heart Rhythms
Hawthorn Herb Review
NSAIDs and Increased Atrial Fibrillation
Coenzyme Q10 supports heart health
Smoking doubles risk for Atrial Fibrillation
Great Nutrition Equals a Healthy Heart
Benefits of Exercise on CHD Risk
Vitamins/Minerals May Pevent Age-Related Diseases
Legislation and Legal Issues
Safety Alert - BPH drugs
Safety Alert - Chantix
A Survey
 
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Today's newsletter is about cardiac arrhythmias. A disturbed heart rhythm is known medically as a cardiac arrhythmia, and is quite common in people of both sexes over the age of 50. This article is about common cardiac arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation and premature ventricular contractions, and is the last in the series about heart problems. 

 

IMPORTANT: Men with BPH who are being treated with 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, (Avodart, Jalyn, Proscar, Propecia, etc.) should read the Safety Alert at the bottom of this newsletter containing latest news from the FDA regarding these products.

 

ALSO, -- if you are using or considering using the drug Chantix see the Safety Alert about it at the bottom of this newsletter, especially if you have a heart problem.  

  
Heart Disease - Cardiac Arrhythmias
A cardiac arrhythmia is a medical term used to describe a disturbance of the normal heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation (Afib) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are two of the most common cardiac arrhythmias. Such arrhythmias often occur in people with healthy hearts, but they can also result from heart disease.    
Lone Atrial Fibrillation 
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and affects more than 1.5 million Americans. Its primary characteristic is a rapid and irregular heartbeat.  Many cases of atrial fibrillation are not connected with heart disease or hypertension. These cases are known as "Lone Atrial Fibrillation" and can often be helped with proper nutrition and herbal supplements. 
 
Nutrients that help with Cardiac Arrhythmia

There are many vitamins, minerals and herbs that can help reduce the effects of various cardiac arrhythmias.  This article lists quite a few of them. However, it is always best to work with a qualified health practitioner before attempting to use natural substances to help with any kind of arrhythmia.      

     

Drugs to Prevent Abnormal Heart Rhythms Actually Cause Them.

Recent studies suggest that many drugs designed to control abnormal heart rhythms can actually increase the risk of of some heart rhythm disturbances. With many of these FDA approved antiarrhythmic drugs, there are no placebo-controlled trials assessing their effect on overall mortality.  In many cases, they actually increase the overall rate of death from dangerous heart rhythms.

 

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Review of Hawthorn Herb Supports Use for Heart Health
Recent scientific studies have shown that hawthorn increases coronary blood flow and improves myocardial metabolism, thus allowing the heart to function with less oxygen. It is a safe herb, excellent for both prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease and some arrhythmias when used on a regular basis. It may take several months of continuous use to see  improvements.

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Long-term use of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (Aspirin, Advil, Excedrin, Aleve, Motrin, etc.) and increased risk of chronic atrial fibrillation (AF).

The use of NSAIDs, as for SAIDs, is associated with an increased risk of chronic AF. Because the use of anti-inflammatory drugs in general is a marker for underlying inflammatory disorders, inflammation may be the common cause for the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and chronic AF.

Coenzyme Q10 supports heart health and reduces risk of chronic atrial fibrillation.
There is significant human data showing that CoQ10 supports good cardiovascular health, even in people with difficult cardiovascular situations.  Along with the herb, Hawthorn, It remains a top choice for energy production and anti-aging in general. 

Smoking doubles risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Among participants of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, those who smoked were twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation as those who did not. Although at a lesser risk, former smokers were also at an increased risk for developing the arrhythmia.

After a heart attack - A healthy heart starts with great nutrition.

Fast food is cheap and plentiful, and engineered to make you want it because it tastes soooooo good!  But nothing really tastes very good when you're lying in a hospital bed trying to recover from a heart attack or stroke.

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First Study to Quantify Benefits of Exercise on CHD Risk.
The first meta-analysis to specifically examine the dose-response relationship between physical activity and risk reduction for coronary heart disease (CHD) has found that those engaging in the equivalent of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week--the basic minimum as recommended by 2008 US federal guidelines--had a 14% lower CHD risk, and those who achieved 300 minutes per week had a 20% lower risk of CHD, compared with those who were sedentary.

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California scientists discover how vitamins and minerals may prevent age-related diseases.
"This paper should settle any debate about the importance of taking a good, complete, multivitamin every day," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. "As this report shows, taking a multivitamin that contains selenium is a good way to prevent deficiencies that, over time, can cause harm in ways that we are just beginning to understand."

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Legislation and Legal Issue - New Bills   

A bill was introduced at the end of May that would expand the IRS code to include herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, meal replacement products, and other dietary and nutritional supplements as "eligible medical expenses" - a move that is long overdue.  If passed this bill would allow some deductions on your tax return to cover supplements.

On May 26th Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced the Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011, (S.1098/H.R. 2010). The House version has already garnered 32 cosponsors and both bills are being reviewed in committee.

Click here to Urge your Lawmakers to cosponsor this bill! 

 

SAFETY ALERT

Update from last newsletter on BPH and Urinary Retention drugs  

"The conclusion drawn by the advisory committee last December was that finasteride and dutasteride do not have a favorable risk-benefit profile for the proposed use of chemoprevention of prostate cancer in healthy men.  The FDA agrees with this assessment. The effects of finasteride or dutasteride on the incidence of metastatic prostate cancer and prostate-cancer-specific morbidity and mortality have not been evaluated."

 

Men considering the use of these should take note that there are herbal remedies which studies have shown are equally effective as the prescription medications without the attendant side effects.   

 

 Click here to read the reassessment report from the NEJM 

SAFETY ALERT

Warning on the prescription drug, Chantix

Chantix, the best-selling prescription drug for smoking cessation, was linked to an increased risk of a heart attack, stroke or other serious cardiovascular event for smokers without a history of heart disease compared with smokers who did not use the drug, according to a Canadian recent medical journal report.

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