Cardiac Arrhythmia

What is Cardiac Arrhythmia?

The most enduring and dependable muscle in your body is your heart. It contracts and relaxes at an average rate of about 60 to 80 times every minute of every hour of every day of your life. Imagine any other muscle—one in your arm or your calf, for example—flexing and relaxing once a second, day and night, without stopping. Now imagine the terrible muscle soreness and cramps from use that even an hour of such extreme overwork would cause the next morning in your arm or calf muscles. And yet your heart does it, usually without complaint, if you're thoughtful enough to provide it with good nutrition and plenty of oxygen.

Cardiac ArrhythmiaThe beating of the heart depends on the transmission of regularly spaced nerve impulses from a structure called the pacemaker. It sends a sort of electrical signal to organize contracting the muscle fibers, so that they work as a unit in a coordinated fashion. When something causes a short-circuiting of these nerve impulses, the electrical signal doesn't transmit properly, and the garbled signal causes disruption of the normal regular heart rhythm. The disruption results in skipping of beats, fluttering or twitching of the heart muscle, extra beats, or racing of the heart rate—what your doctor would call a heart rhythm problem, or cardiac arrhythmia. There are a number of nutrients that the heart requires to do its 24-hour-a-day job and some that worsen the rhythm problems. Let's take a look at these.

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