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Sarcoidosis and Your Heart

Some time ago, Natural Heart Doctor received an email from a woman whose husband has cardiomyopathy, thought to be due to sarcoidosis, and could we help him.

I quickly picked up the phone to call the woman. I told her that I am not the worldwide expert in sarcoidosis, but I am the best at finding the CAUSE of why you have symptoms and signs of disease. 

Sarcoidosis is just another label. It is not a cause of sickness, but a result of sickness. 

More on my patient in a little bit. But first…..

What is Sarcoid?

Imagine our immune system – the body’s knight in shining armor – suddenly getting caught in overdrive. Instead of its regular defense duties, it starts forming tight clusters of inflamed cells called “granulomas.” These lumps often pop up on organs like the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes, and skin. But in some instances they make a surprising appearance in the heart.

Here’s a number to ponder: 5 out of 100,000 white folks get hit with sarcoidosis. But for African Americans? That number jumps to a whopping 39 in 100,000. And with a U.S. average hovering around 15 cases per 100,000, sarcoidosis isn’t some rare medical trivia—it’s front and center, calling for our focus and action.

Conventional  medicine hasn’t quite cracked the mystery of sarcoidosis, often suggesting bacteria, viruses, or genetics might be to blame. But if you dig deeper it all circles back to inflammation—a common thread in many heart-related issues. This inflammation often stems not from mysterious invaders but from the repercussions of an unhealthy lifestyle.

How Does Sarcoidosis Affect the Heart?

The heart, with its labyrinth of chambers and rhythms, can become an unwilling host to this condition, leading to what we know as cardiac sarcoidosis.

Cardiac sarcoidosis means clusters of inflamed cells are making themselves at home in the heart. This unwelcome visit can throw off the heart’s rhythm, leading to arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. In some cases, this might manifest as palpitations or the feeling of a “skipped beat.” 

In more severe instances, these electrical disturbances can culminate in life-threatening conditions or even sudden cardiac death. Complete heart block is the most common finding with cardiac sarcoidosis, reported in 23–30 percent of patients.

Moreover, these clusters of inflamed cells can tire out the heart muscle, setting the stage for heart failure. This is when the heart’s pumping game slips, potentially resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling of the legs and ankles.

Cardiac sarcoidosis can be a silent operator, showing no symptoms in its initial stages, making it a stealthy adversary. While it’s difficult to diagnose, it’s typically found through testing, which may include an echocardiogram, EKG, cardiac MRI, PET scan, event monitor, heart catheterization, or cardiac biopsy. 

Understanding how sarcoidosis affects the heart is paramount. It’s not merely about knowing the medical jargon but realizing the profound impact on a person’s daily life and well-being.

Conventional Treatment of Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Navigating cardiac sarcoidosis with traditional medicine has several approaches

1. Pharmaceuticals

Doctors typically turn to corticosteroids as the first line of defense to dial down the immune system. Oftentimes, beta-blockers are also prescribed. While these drugs may improve heart function temporarily, they don’t address the root cause of the problem. Plus, long-term use of these drugs can usher in a slew of side effects.

2. Surgical Procedures

When medications don’t do the trick, procedures like catheter ablation come into play to manage persistent arrhythmias. However, like any surgery, it carries inherent risks and isn’t a permanent fix.

3. Implantable Devices

The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a technological answer to some severe cardiac sarcoidosis cases. Yet, while they monitor and correct heart rhythms, they don’t treat the underlying inflammation. And there’s always a risk when introducing foreign devices into the body.

To sum up, while these treatments can manage symptoms and potentially life-threatening situations, they don’t necessarily tackle the root of the issue. Moreover, they introduce their own set of challenges and risks.

NHD Approach to Treating Sarcoidosis 

The Natural Heart Doctor approach unifies three pillars of wellness: Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well. Delving into this trinity offers a comprehensive strategy against sarcoidosis, focusing on inflammation and heart well-being.

While lifestyle and dietary adjustments form the core of the NHD approach, understanding the body’s internal environment through meticulous blood testing is paramount. The crux of sarcoidosis, like many cardiovascular conditions, lies in inflammation. Thus, monitoring inflammation markers in blood tests isn’t just recommended—it’s a necessity. These markers provide a roadmap, highlighting areas in the body that demand immediate attention.

Supplementation, when done right, plays a pivotal role in healing. But it’s not about blindly throwing pills down the hatch; it’s about leveraging evidence-based supplements that address individual needs, filling dietary gaps, and promoting heart health. Whether it’s omega-3s for their anti-inflammatory properties or antioxidants for their cell-protective capabilities, each supplement serves a targeted purpose.

Yet, the true victory in treating sarcoidosis is not merely managing symptoms but identifying and addressing its root: inflammation. By targeting the underlying inflammation, we aren’t just offering a temporary solution but advocating for transformative, long-term health.

My patient

After my consultation with the man and his wife, I suggested Level 2 testing. The results showed many different abnormalities. But one stood out..mold mycotoxins were extremely high. I knew that mold was causing his sarcoid. And I showed him evidence of this inside an article about sarcoid and mold in a home from 2011. 

He remediated the mold. Cleaned his air. Detoxed. 

Now, from 7 pharmaceuticals, he is only on two. And working to get off those.  

Next Steps 

Sarcoidosis might sound ominous, but remember—it’s not a death sentence.
If you’re grappling with a diagnosis, supporting someone close, or maybe just wrestling with unexplained symptoms like an erratic heartbeat or relentless tiredness, remember: this journey isn’t a solo expedition.

Consider diving deeper by scheduling a free 20-minute chat with one of our expert health coaches. It’s not just talk—it’s your starting line to a brighter, well-informed tomorrow.


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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