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premature ventricular contractions
Posted by: Ann Harmon
Date: August 6, 2000 4:06 AM

My husband was born with a bicuspid aortic valve with regurgitation. He's been watched for the past 35 .years. About a year ago he started having PVCs. Four weeks ago he finally got his new valve at 49 years of age. The doctors couldn't guarantee however that the PVCs would go away. For 48 hours there were no PVCs. On the third day his heart went into arrhythmia. The cardiologist tried to convert his heart with drugs with no success. Last Monday, he did a cardioversion that appears to be successful however, the PVCs are back. My husband's new mechanical valve is a true gift. The PVCs have, however, gotten him very down. I know the cardiologist will probably tell us that everyone is individual but if there is anything that could help eliminate the PVCs I know my husband could finally relax and enjoy the life his new valve has given him.

RE: premature ventricular contractions
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 6, 2000 2:09 PM

What seems to affect arrhythmias positively, when anything will, are the nutrient minerals and trace minerals. Usually when these are not in sufficient supply it is because of poor digestion which brings us to the whole digestive question. Supplementation with minerals may not be sufficient if absorption is not complete. Detox programs help enormously with digestive problems but in cases where absorption fails to return the SanPharma remedies are of great benefit although they take a few weeks/months to have their full effect in restoration of gut function. In the meantime there are other remedies which can be used to induce absorption although they do not deal with the primary problem which is gut wall infection. In an urgent situation minerals can be given IV, but this is not a long-term solution.

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