16th November 2013
Invitation to find the cause and hence the cure for arrhythmias (Supraventricular tachycardia, SVT)
In mid-April 2013 I experienced fast heartbeat while I was going back to my room on the second floor in Patanjali after lunch, during the conduct of the National Reform Summit. Climbing the stairs set off my heart racing. It was quite a surprise. I took a break and returned back to conduct the summit. No big issue.
But this fast heartbeat was to come back later, as well, including in May (twice), September (twice) and today. Each has been a short episode of around 20-30 minutes. Some breathlessness is usually part of the story, along with tiredness. Except for the stair climbing case, all others have been associated with some form of sudden motion.
I've been to a heart specialist and got ECG, ultrasound and stress test conducted. All normal. The hypothesis of the doctor is that I've got Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and so I've been prescribed a beta blocker for life.
I tried the medicine (Sotalol) which made me feel sick, so after four days I stopped taking it. That's because the medicine really slows down the heart and makes you feel lethargic. Stopping the medicine is probably not the best thing to do, but I think I need to conduct some independent research into this issue before I decide that there is no other option but to take this horrible medicine.
What bothers me, though, is that there is almost no knowledge in the medical profession about the CAUSES of this problem. Without knowledge of causes we can't truly fix the problem. Unlike muscle-related complaints (RSI, eyestrain, heelpain) this may be nerve related/ physiological/ electrical.
Conventional medicine has invented its own diagnostic term to cover the fact that it does not know the origin of most arrhythmias. “Paroxysmal arrhythmia” means nothing other than “causes unknown.” As a direct consequence, the therapeutic options of conventional medicine are confined to treating the symptoms of irregular heartbeat. Beta-blockers, calcium antagonists and other anti-arrhythmic drugs are given to patients in the hope that they will decrease the incidence of irregular heartbeat. In Eugene Braunwald’s Heart Disease — A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, the leading textbook of cardiology, we find the remarkable confession of one of the leading conventional cardiologists: “It is important to realize that our present diagnostic tools do not permit the determination of the mechanisms responsible for most arrhythmias.”[Source]
The first step is to identify and evaluate various hypotheses and rule out as many of them as possible. Once the cause is known, the cure must follow.
I'm creating a public google document in which I'll conduct my research. I invite those who are interested in this topic to comment on it. This document has universal comment access. Let's use the internet to find ONE MORE CURE for mankind.
In particular, I invite those with similar problems to comment. Patients are the best source of information for such things.Their insights are often more useful than medical textbooks.
This document will be constantly updated.