If your doctor says you have atrial fibrillation, he probably doesn’t know what’s causing it. That’s because we don’t always know what causes atrial fibrillation or irregular heart rhythm. Fortunately, it’s not usually life threatening. But if it becomes chronic, this irregularity becomes more serious and can lead to stroke or even death.
Now a group of Danish researchers has found at least one previously unknown cause of atrial fibrillation: ordinary anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin. The researchers compared tens of thousands of Danes diagnosed with atrial fibrillation with control patients. They found a direct association with the condition and the use of NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors. In other words, the painkillers caused the atrial fibrillation.
Seniors and new users were at the highest risk. In fact, some new users had a 70% increased risk.
I’ve talked before about the risks that come from taking some popular painkillers. Opiods like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Demerol, for instance, cause the most serious side effects among the painkillers. They are worse than NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin or COX inhibitors (Coxibs) like Celebrex. But, as you can see from this study, NSAIDs and COX inhibitors aren’t safe either.
If you have atrial fibrillation and take painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about safer ways to manage your pain. And if you want to eliminate your atrial fibrillation, I have a suggestion that may work for you. You see, I had atrial fibrillation for two years. Many of my episodes often lasted the entire day. Now I have none.
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My solution — and one that’s safe for you to try — was to take a new heart-supporting formula called Circutol. This supplement combines hawthorn berry with l-carnitine, medicinal mushrooms, and nattokinase to feed and regulate heart function. I took it as a preventive formula since heart disease runs in my family. One of the side effects from taking Circutol was an absence of atrial fibrillation. When I stopped taking Circutol, my atrial fibrillation returned. Now I just take half the dose and my heartbeats are as regular as they can be.
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Dr. Janet Zand