We’ve seen those movies or episodes on TV when a person is “shocked” back to life when their heart stops. It’s incredible to think that there is an electrical system that runs our hearts, and there is a delicate balance to maintain in order to keep this system functioning properly.
Read on to learn more about the heart’s electrical system, symptoms and causes of a “heart block” and how to reverse it.
The Heart’s Electrical System
The body uses many tools to communicate with all cells and systems within itself. The brain controls the heart and can make your heartbeat increase or decrease. Molecules and hormones are also mechanisms of communication which circulate around the body and influence heart rate. A tiny electrical fuse box called the sinus node sits at the top of the heart. This node sends electrical signals through the top 2 chambers of the heart (atrial) to the AV node, then down to the bottom two chambers called the ventricles. The ventricles then squeeze blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body.
What is a Heart Block?
A heart block occurs when there is a “short circuit” in the electrical system. The signal has either slowed down or doesn’t even make it to the lower parts of the heart.
There are 3 degrees of heart blocks:
- First Degree: The signal has slowed but can still reach the areas of the heart that are required for heart function.
- Second Degree: Not all signals reach the required areas of the heart. This translates to a slower or skipping heart rate.
- Third Degree: This is a complete failure in the signal moving through the heart. Heart rate is slow to nonexistent and can be fatal.
Causes of Heart Blocks
The origin of heart blocks can be a challenge to discover (researchers have not studied this area at length) but here are some general causes that may influence this condition:
Symptoms of Heart Block
Symptoms depend on the degree of the block and can range from no symptoms at all to any of the symptoms listed below.
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
Can Heart Block Be Reversed?
If we can determine the cause, we can often find the cure. We dive into finding the cause by testing for:
- Intracellular magnesium and potassium
- Omega-3 levels
- Leaky gut
- B vitamins
- Heavy metals
- Food sensitivities
Other Ways to Reverse Heart Block
- Chiropractic Care
Structural abnormalities can impact the body’s nerve communications. Being in alignment will help clear pathways and assist in optimal functionality.
Sunshine and fresh air are miraculous things. Get plenty of sunshine to increase vitamin D levels.
Sleep is a time for our body to detox and repair. Poor sleep can lead to dysfunction and inflammation.
- Eliminate Toxins
Environmental pollutants affect our bodies in countless ways. Electrical malfunction is one of them. Toxic laundry products, household chemicals, and synthetic furniture/carpet/mattress are a sure way to poison the electrical system.
- Avoid EMF
Electromagnetic fields from Wi-Fi, mobile devices, towers, and meters interfere with our electrical function in the heart.
- Paleo Organic Diet