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Meet Joanne, a 47-year-old patient facing the unsettling condition known as tachycardia, where the heart races beyond its normal rhythm. Her previous doctor’s approach was straightforward: a prescription for beta-blockers to slow the heartbeat. Standard practice, perhaps, but it bypassed a critical inquiry – what was causing her heart to beat so fast to begin with?

In a world where ‘a pill for every ill’ has become the norm, our reliance on quick fixes often glosses over the complexity of our biological systems, sidestepping the true origins of our health problems. By unearthing the deeper, unaddressed health issues and exploring natural alternatives, we find inspiration for a more holistic and patient-centric approach to health and well-being. We see the cure. 

What is Tachycardia? 

The heart, roughly the size of a fist, pumps blood throughout the body. Its essential role involves contracting and relaxing with each beat to circulate oxygen-rich blood to tissues and organs. This rhythmic beating is coordinated by electrical signals that travel through the heart muscle, initiating each contraction. 

The sinoatrial (SA) node is the natural pacemaker of the heart. It sends electrical signals that control the frequency of your heartbeats. When experiencing strong emotions, anxiety, or engaging in physical exercise, these signals may be sent more frequently, leading to a temporary increase in heart rate. This specific condition, sinus tachycardia, typically subsides as you calm down or rest. Other possible causes of sinus tachycardia include: 

  • Inflammation 
  • Heat exposure (including fever) 
  • Certain foods, such as gluten, sugar, or vegetable oils 
  • Medication side effects 
  • Overconsumption of caffeine or alcohol 
  • Dehydration 
  • Lack of quality sleep 
  • Over-exposure to electrosmog
  • Imbalanced nervous system
  • Underlying health conditions
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Toxins, such as mold and heavy metals 
  • Heart failure

At rest, a healthy adult’s heart rate typically ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM), with variations depending on factors like age and fitness level.

A heart rate above 100 BPM is not uncommon, especially when triggered by exercise or stress. However, the rate should return to within the normal range once these stimuli are removed. A sustained heart rate above 100 BPM is diagnosed as tachycardia.

Different Types of Tachycardia 

Tachycardia is not a singular condition but an umbrella term for multiple disorders related to a rapid heartbeat. In addition to sinus tachycardia, there are various other reasons the heart might beat fast. 

  • Ventricular Tachycardia: Originating in the heart’s lower chambers, or ventricles, this rapid heart rate can inhibit proper blood pumping. While brief episodes may be harmless, prolonged instances can be fatal.
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT): This broad category encompasses arrhythmias originating above the ventricles. SVT can lead to palpitations that suddenly begin and end.
  • Ventricular Fibrillation: This life-threatening condition results from rapid, chaotic signals that make the ventricles quiver rather than contract systematically. Immediate medical attention is crucial, as this can lead to death if not treated within minutes.
  • Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib): The most prevalent type, characterized by erratic and rapid electrical signals in the heart’s atria. It might be temporary or require treatment if persistent.
  • Atrial Flutter: Similar to A-fib but with more organized heartbeats. Atrial flutter may resolve on its own or need medical intervention.

Symptoms of Tachycardia

Some people with tachycardia experience no symptoms, only finding out they have a high heart rate upon physical examination. Others may feel their heart speeding up or racing. It’s not uncommon to experience the following symptoms when tachycardic: 

  • Lightheadedness
  • Near fainting or fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Exhaustion 
  • Heart palpitations or skipped beats 

Tachycardia Treatment Options 

Tachycardia, while concerning in itself, is a symptom, not the core issue itself. An elevated heartbeat is a distress signal from the body, pointing to underlying problems that need attention. 

Therefore, treating tachycardia involves more than merely slowing down the heart rate. It necessitates an in-depth investigation into what’s causing the heart to race in the first place. Identifying and addressing the root cause is vital for comprehensive care, as merely managing the symptoms risks overlooking potentially severe underlying health conditions. 

Eat Well

The way we eat plays a vital role in heart health. Embracing a diet similar to that of our ancient ancestors—whole, organic foods with no processed ingredients, sugar, or gluten—is the best way to lower your heart rate naturally. 

Eating grass-fed and nose-to-tail, including organ meats, is essential. Moreover, focusing on wild seafood like salmon, sardines, and shellfish, can have immense benefits. Emphasizing more seafood in your diet helps in maintaining the heart’s rhythm. 

If you need a seafood boost, check out our 100% natural products, Whole Fish and Wild Salmon Roe. These supplements will help reduce inflammation and naturally work to lower a racing heart. 

Live Well

Lowering a fast heart rate is not only about the food we consume but also our lifestyle choices. Maintaining a normal heart rate involves living well. But how does one do that? 

Research shows that regular exercise strengthens the heart and lowers the resting heart rate. Ensure that you are working out regularly, preferably outdoors. 

Electrosmog is an invisible danger and trigger of tachycardia. Studies have found that exposure to electromagnetic fields damages the heart. Therefore, avoid excessive electronics and reduce exposure to Wi-Fi and other radioactive waves. 

Ensuring high-quality and restorative sleep is vital, as it helps lower the heart rate, enhancing overall well-being. Multiple studies show poor sleep quality is linked to a higher heart rate. Aim for 7-9 hours of complete rest each night. 

Finally, toxins in our environment, such as mold, heavy metals, and chemical toxicity, are a common but often overlooked cause of tachycardia. Understanding your toxic load and working to reduce exposures are essential in maintaining a healthy heart rhythm. 

Think Well

Our thoughts and emotions are as influential on our heart rate as physical factors. Stress management is crucial, as stress is as much a cause of a high heart rate as other tangible elements. 

Engaging in activities like breathing exercises, spending quality time with loved ones, and finding your happy place can significantly reduce stress. 

Focusing on the vagus nerve, which is crucial in controlling the heart rate, can also be beneficial. Consider working with a skilled chiropractor who can help release subluxations in your spine, giving your vagus nerve more room to function optimally. 

Test, Don’t Guess

Understanding the root cause of a high heart rate is essential. It might be related to mold, heavy metals, or electrolyte imbalances. At the heart of these issues often lies inflammation. 

The only way to truly know what impacts your heart rate is to test. Natural Heart Doctor offers specific testing that helps narrow down the underlying cause. An informed approach ensures that treatment is accurately targeted, addressing the root problem rather than merely treating symptoms.

Evidence-Based Supplements

In an ideal world, we would obtain all the nutrients we need from our diets. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Soil depletion has led to decreased nutrient availability in our food. 

Supplementing with evidence-based supplements like Magne5, Potassium Boost, and Cardio-Lith further supports heart health. These nutrients play specific roles in maintaining proper heart function and rhythm. 

Biohacking Strategies

In the modern world, various biohacking strategies can be employed to optimize heart health. These include novel techniques and technologies, such as sauna use or cold plunge therapy, both of which should be done under the direction of a trusted healthcare provider. 

Another such biohacking strategy for individuals with tachycardia is the use of Truvaga. Trugvaga is a fast, drug-free option for stimulating the vagus nerve, thus triggering the parasympathetic nervous system and naturally lowering your heart rate. 

Next Steps  

If you find yourself dealing with a high heart rate, you may have been prescribed a beta-blocker. But treating tachycardia isn’t just about addressing the symptoms – it’s about identifying the root cause and naturally nurturing your heart back into a normal range. Our expert health coaches are trained to do just that, providing tailored solutions for your unique situation.

At Natural Heart Doctor, we believe in a personalized and holistic approach to heart health. We invite you to work with one of our health coaches and take advantage of a free 20-minute health consultation. Together, we can explore the underlying factors of your high heart rate and set you on a path toward your 100 year heart. 

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About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

Dr. Lattanza Office Visit with Patient

As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.