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chronic atrial fib
Posted by: unicornqqq
Date: March 16, 2009 2:42 PM

I have asymptomatic atrial fibrillation that was picked up on a routine EKG a few years ago. I have no idea how long I might have had it. I've not had any bouts of dizziness or heart palipations, and I have absolutely normal cardiac function as determined by my cardiologist, including stress test, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. However, I do have abnormally high levels of mercury. I do vigorous exercise (hot yoga mainly) regularly, am 63 years old, fairly slim. My cardiologist advised Coumadin, but from what I’ve read, the risk of stroke from “lone” atrial fib (without any other cardiac risk factors) is apparently no higher than the general population. Am I doing the right thing in not starting Coumadin? Also, could you also suggest what supplements I might take? I am currently taking 800 IU of Vit E and also hawthorne (tincture). Finally, a holistic doctor had wanted to do chelation therapy because of my elevated mercury levels as he thinks there might be a connection to the atrial fib. However, the procedure is very costly and I would need to do it at least 20 times.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at March 16, 2009 3:29 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: chronic atrial fib
Posted by: drron
Date: March 16, 2009 3:36 PM

Atrial fib is hard to treat. Having said that, the only way I have seen it successfully dealt with short of a surgical procedure (catheter ablation of the intra-atrial conduction pathways) is by acupuncture. However, this requires serious skill and not all acupuncturists are equally skilled. As to mercury detox, good idea, but it may not be a cure. And it can be done less expensively with oral DMSA. Ask your doc about that. In the meantime, the blood should be thinned by some means. While I am not advising one way or the other, I will say that in alternative and nutritional medicine we do that with a product called Unique-E at 2000 IU daily and Nattokinase 4 caps daily. These can be taken all at one time each day.

Re: chronic atrial fib
Posted by: drron
Date: March 16, 2009 11:11 PM

I am not recommending anything to you; that is up to your doctor. However, with my own patients I believe E and Nattokinase are enough.

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