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 medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
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 tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
Or go back to Symptoms of hyperventilation
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