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Bradycardia & heavy metal detox
Posted by: ruffles
Date: November 9, 2012 1:25 AM

On page 498 of Life Extension's fat book there is an indication that you have treated atrial fibrilation with high dose Vit E, thereby avoiding "drugs and pacemakers." Is that accurate? My daytime heart rate is 60 (it has always been about that), but two years ago it became slightly irregular. I have discovered recently through heart monitoring that it sometimes comes close to being dangerously slow at night. I am 76 and have a history of heavy metal toxicity, corrected most recently by oral DMSA ten years ago. Is it possible another successful heavy metal detox would return my heart rate to normal (or at least allow me to avoid a pacemaker)? What is your latest thinking on bradycardia?

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at November 9, 2012 7:29 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Bradycardia & heavy metal detox
Posted by: drron
Date: November 9, 2012 7:38 PM

Bradycadia between 50 and 60 is no problem if there is no other arrhythmia present and there are no symptoms such as fatigue, fainting or dizziness. In fact, it may allow your heart to function longer. Metal levels tend to rise progressively unless constantly treated with oral chelators. Seafood, industrial dust, and dental amalgams are the usual suspects. You can surely give metal detox a trial but remember that cardiac arrhythmia is also something that often occurs with age and for no other apparent reason. Also, it will simply disappear in some cases as mysteriously as it appeared.

Re: Bradycardia & heavy metal detox
Posted by: ruffles
Date: November 9, 2012 7:58 PM

I related the info to my friend. He then went on to tell me he believes his night-time heart rate had dropped into the forties, and he had 3 episodes in two weeks of wearing the Holter monitor where his heart stopped for 3.2 to 3.6 seconds each time. He is completely asymptomatic, day and night. Anyhow, I don't suppose that would alter your reply, any. He speaks with his cardiologist in 1.5 hrs.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at November 9, 2012 8:51 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

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