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Monthly Archives: February 2017

All about Bradycardia

If a person experiences any of the above symptoms, he or she should seek medical advice as soon as possible, since bradycardia can cause the following complications:

• Stokes-Adams attacks – periodic loss of consciousness. Such faints are followed by general muscle spasms, the pulse becomes too slow or undetectable, skin cover becomes very pale and breathing – deep;
• Sudden cardiac arrest;
• Arterial hypertension or unstable blood pressure;
• Coronary heart disease, effort or rest (unstable) angina pectoris;
• Development of chronic circulatory failure.

Pathological bradycardia can be the symptom of the following:
• Hypothyroidism – reduced production of thyroid hormones;
• Cardiovascular disorders like myocardial infarction, endocarditis or myocarditis;
• Acute intoxication (lead, pesticides, nicotine, narcotic substances);
• Traumatic brain injury, increased intracranial pressure;
• Infections such as typhoid, viral hepatitis, sepsis;
• Side effect of certain medications, for example, beta-blockers, cardiac glycosides, etc.

However, regardless of the cause of bradycardia, disturbed function of the sinus node (it means it cannot synthesize electrical impulses with the rate over 60 bpm) or inadequate spread of the impulses through the conduction pathways lie at the heart of this condition.

Preventive measures of bradycardia may include control and management of blood pressure and heart rate, healthy diet (reduced fat and salt consumption), smoking cessation and adequate alcohol consumption, maintenance of the work-rest regimen, fresh air, and regular physical activity. Annual medical check-ups will help to detect and cure any type of bradycardia.

Here are the basic principles of bradycardia treatment:
• If the heart rate is less than 60 bpm but no diseases of the cardiovascular system or other body organs are found, it’s enough to apply preventive measures;
• The treatment of an underlying disease that provokes bradycardia;
• Change in the medications that can cause bradycardia;
• Severe bradycardia (heart rate less than 40 beats per minute) that leads to the development of heart failure can require a surgery to implant a pacemaker.

Hidden Dangers of Alcohol

Alcohol does a number on the liver, but do you know why? A healthy liver can process about 1 oz of alcohol per hour. The rest of the alcohol goes through your system and is ‘stored’ in other parts until the liver can metabolize it. This storage can cause serious problems, such as muscle pain, arthritis pain, heart failure and brain injury.

The liver is a very important organ and while it is consumed with the processing of the alcohol, it cannot do what it is supposed to. One of the chief concerns is that medications are not processed in due time. Any back up of medication in the system can cause the medication to be more effective. So, if you are taking a medication to reduce your heart rate, taking alcohol with it can cause your heart to slow further. Plus, with alcohol being a depressant, the medications can turn fatal quickly.

The toxic by-products and additives are also not processed while the liver is consumed with alcohol. These toxic additives, like preservatives, colorings and artificial sugars, then are stored in fat tissue. Because our body knows it will poison itself if that fat tissue is used for energy, you are unable to lose that fat tissue no matter how hard you exercise. Thus, alcohol makes you fatter.

Over time, the alcohol starts to destroy the liver itself. This is why heavy drinkers often die of liver disease. When the liver begins to degrade, its ability to process fat and chemicals decreases. These fats and chemicals are stored in the body, particularly in the liver and fat cells. The liver swells and fat tissue swells and drinks obtain the ‘beer gut’. Even casual drinks begin to see this effect.

Drinkers often develop diabetes. This is because one of the pathways for the processing of alcohol turns the alcohol into sugar. It’s similar to drinking a soda. In addition, drinkers often have poor diets. With the onset of diabetes, the alcohol processing is slowed. Any complications from diabetes is increased, such as blindness and amputation.

Different descent can play a factor as well. People of Asian descent are better able to process alcohol, but pay the price because the toxic by-products build up far quicker than the body’s ability to process them. Caucasians face the challenge of not breaking the alcohol down as quickly, so it remains in the system longer.

Clogged Arteries

Arteries Clogging– As mentioned when the arteries are healthy their walls are very smooth which allows blood to flow freely and without any problems. The problem starts when materials inside the body become lodged on the interior walls of the arteries causing them to block the passageway of the blood circulating throughout the body. The material blocking the arteries is called plaque and it can slow down the passage of blood or in some cases block it altogether.

What causes Arterial Plaque– What causes the build-up of materials inside the arteries that can block the passage of blood? Plaque is actually made up of different kinds of materials that can be found inside the circulating in the blood. These materials include fibrin, fat, cholesterol, calcium and waste materials that have been removed from cells.

Arterial plaque build-up can be made worse by the fact that the cells on your arterial wall will react to the build-up by secreting additional substances that can add to the build-up and hasten the blocking of the passage of blood. As the blockage of the arteries worsens a condition called atherosclerosis is developed where the arteries narrows down and deteriorate. This condition is hastened by the presence of the following materials in the blood:

Bad Cholesterol– There are two types of cholesterol, good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol is a major contributing factor in the development of arterial plaque and so when there is a higher level of it than good cholesterol then you can be sure that the arteries will soon start to develop atherosclerosis.

Cigarette Smoke– Smoke from cigarette contains a lot of toxins and chemicals that can cause atherosclerosis. This is the reason why smoking is a major contributing factor in the development of cardiovascular diseases.

Electric Hypersensitivty

Concurrent with this situation I developed a condition called AFIB, atrial fibrillation. In effect my heart would lose it’s rhythm and race, slow down, add extra beats and I would always know when this was happening as I’d get a feeling in my chest. AFIB can be a serious condition because if the condition persists for prolonged periods of time blood clots can form and cause a stroke. While living in Toronto until 2003 my condition was closely monitored by an excellent cardiologist from Sunnybrook Medical Centre. There were several emergency trips to the hospital, usually around 5:00am in the morning when my afib attacks always seemed to occur… but I was always lucky as my heart always seemed to have the ability to regain sinus rhythm without the need for medical intervention.

In 2003 We moved to Waterloo Ontario and I found what I thought was a good cardiologist as he came from the Ottawa Heart Institute. One of the first things he did was to put me on an antiarrhythmic drug called Amiodarone. I took this drug for four years and while I still had occasional afib attacks they were less frequent.

In the fall of 2006 I decided to take a part time job back in broadcasting as a reporter/news anchor. Around Christmas time I began experiencing a fullness in my throat, the inability to clear my throat and I began to have symptoms that affected my ability to work in broadcasting. One morning while I was shaving I noticed my throat appeared as if there was something the size of a tennis ball lodged in it. I immediately made an appointment to see the cardiologist and his response to me was that there was nothing wrong.

By March of 2007 I had dropped more than twenty five pounds, was unable to sleep at night due to the pounding sound of my irregular heart beat in my ears. These attacks scared me as they were now lasting for hours. This was something new.

I ended up in the emergency ward at one of the local hospitals. Many of the symptoms I was having resembled a heart attack. But fortunately for me that wasn’t the case… I was in hyperthyroid storm… My thyroid was overloaded with iodine and in fact was so bloated that radiographic images were almost impossible to be taken as there was little or no place for the radioactive isotope to be absorbed into the thyroid.

My wife told me that literally overnight I had transformed from a basically healthy male adult to having the appearance of a frail old man. The intervention of an endocrinologist saved my life and by the late fall miraculously I was almost back to normal having gained back most of the weight I had lost. The miracle in all of this is that my thyroid which I was told was destroyed and that I’d have to take hormones for the rest of my life, started functioning normally again. This whole experience had been caused by a rare allergy I had to the drug Amiodarone.

Had my cardiologist truly listened to me and done a proper job of examining me when I saw him in January of 2007, I would have never had to go through this life threatening experience. Throughout all of this ordeal I sought out information on the causes of AFIB. A lot of the information I read said that things like caffeine could cause it. So I eliminated all the possible triggers I could. But still the afib persisted.

Throughout the 1990’s and into the 2000’s I had worked for a few big consumer electronics companies and was quite often sitting in an office setting under bright fluorescent lighting. I would suffer from low energy, headaches, palpitations, shortness of breath and an overall feeling of uneasiness. I had the fluorescent lights above my desk removed at one company and placed a small lamp on my desk.

Within a day the headaches and lethargy disappeared. I found this quite interesting. The other thing I clued into was that when working on the old tube computer monitors I used to get head and eye aches. Upon further examination I discovered these symptoms only occurred when the refresh rate of the monitor was at 60HZ. By simply raising the refresh rate to 72hz the symptoms disappeared.

Was I on to something here?… If I was… I didn’t truly understand what I had stumbled on.

Throughout all of the stints I have had working in the consumer electronics industry that started in the early 1990’s and continued on through 2009, I never clued into the fact that all the technologies I was selling, like cordless phones, cell phones, televisions, radios, all had one thing in common. They all emitted radiation in some form or another and I was immersed in this world not only through work but by embracing the technologies in my home.

May 31st 2011 was a day I will remember for the rest of my life. This was the day the World Health Organization reversed its position on whether or not non ionizing radiation from wireless technologies could affect the health of people. Previously the WHO said there was no effect but on May 31 they did a 180 degree turn and stated the following:

Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain Cancer associated with wireless phone use. I immediately started reading and researching and calling people, asking questions and despite the announcement from the WHO, the level of denial was stronger than ever as to whether this electrosmog that we are immersed in everywhere could affect our health.

It seems the scientific community which doesn’t have a vested interest monetarily in this huge issue says we need to be careful and do more research and follow people form more than ten years as cancer in most cases has a long latency period. And the telecom Industry, to this moment continues to deny there is a potential problem, touting studies they have paid for that are riddled with vagueness, testing inconsistencies and the major problem being they haven’t followed test subjects for much more than ten years.

They don’t want to talk about where the statistics go when people are followed beyond ten years because it is scary. Never in the history of mankind has a technology been in the hands of everyone, young and old… a technology that has never been tested for long term safety as to it’s effect on our bioelectric bodies.

We are electric… all around us are different frequencies… some good… some bad… but as more and more research continues to be compiled… we are learning more with each passing day.