Heart Palpitations: Causes and Treatment
Heart palpitations causes
of heart palpitations relate to 3
- electrical potential of the human body
- heart oxygenation
- CO2 levels in the heart tissue.
When the human body is electrically insulated from the Earth (as in more than 95% of modern people), the body usually accumulates a large positive charge. This negatively influences work of the part of the heart muscle (the sinoatrial node) that stimulates the heart muscle and regulates its contractions. In addition, a recent clinical study discovered, according to its title, that "Earthing (grounding) the human body reduces blood viscosity – a major factor in cardiovascular disease" (Chevalier et al, 2012).
Apart from a lack of grounding, modern people have reduced CO2 and O2 levels in the heart muscle due to their heavy (deep) breathing at rest.
Since people breathe twice more than the medical norm (and almost 3 times more than breathing of people living 100 years ago), humans have low CO2 levels in the heart tissue. This makes nerve cells over-excited (see links related to CO2 effects below).
Hyperventilation, apart from causing low CO2, also leads to the spasm of arteries and arterioles (due to arterial hypocapnia) and reduced oxygen delivery to all vital organs, the brain and heart included.
Since lowest body oxygenation (due to heaviest and fastest breathing) takes place after meals and at night, it is obvious that most people suffer from heart palpitations after meals and at night.
How to stop heart palpitations (even at night)
There are 2 main methods to prevent heart palpitations. Many people are able to stop their heart palpitations using grounding of the human body (see Earthing webpage for more details). Grounding for sleep is an excellent remedy to stop heart palpitations at night. (Even a simple transition into a sitting position at night can prevent this symptom.)
Those people who are deficient in calcium, can prevent or eliminate heart palpitations with calcium supplementation. Taking 3-5 g of calcium per day (and this is safe), in divided doses with meals, helps to define, if low calcium is the cause of heart palpitations. For more info, see Major Nutrients Guide.
Apart from Earthing, clinical observations by about 200 Soviet and Russian doctors practicing the Buteyko breathing method suggest that heart palpitations are a classic sign of hyperventilation. Heart palpitations disappear with breathing normalization. Most people predisposed to heart palpitations require more than 25 s for the body-oxygen test in order to be free from this symptom.
Application of resistive respiratory devices (such as the Frolov device, Samozdrav, Amazing DIY breathing device, and many others) provide faster recovery rates in comparison with the classical Buteyko method. You can also stop heart palpitations with more physical exercise with strictly nasal breathing and perspiration.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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