Atrial Fibrillation Case Study
This is a very serious case of Atrial Fibrillation. First of all let me explain what this is. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is an abnormal fast irregular heartbeat. An abnormal heartbeat rhythm is called an arrhythmia. The ideal healthy heartbeat when resting should between 60 and 75 beats a minute (bpm). In AF the heart rate can become very fast indeed, often between 140 – 180 bpm, which can be very uncomfortable, frightening and the beats are irregular.
Despite the discomfort, this can lead to serious complications, such as stroke, heart disease and in the worst cases sudden cardiac death. The case below falls into the most serious category.
This 70 year old lady at the time, visited me in April 2017 and her first test showed a very high Heart Rate of 96 bpm. A figure of 100 or above puts the heart at risk.
Her parasympathetic nervous system (pns, her ability to rest, digest and heal), was very out of balance with her Sympathetic nervous system (sns, fight or flight systems). At these levels they were very out of range and would indicate a level of burnout and inability to regenerate. This measurement is indicated by the SDNN figure.
Her Stress Index (this is a measurement of tension in her body). This again, is seriously out of range coming in at 24.
Index of Centralisation (her hypothalamus) again is working hard and out of range at 3.4.
Her Arrhythmia count was 9.3 when the highest number should be 0.5. Above 4% it is important to see a cardiologist. She was over twice this range.
Her Total Power was most alarming coming in at 19,556. The normal range as you can see is between 1000 – 2000. With her other ranges being so out of range. This number gets adjusted to 195. So this is all the power she represents to run all the resources in her body. This figure is then divided into the three areas below so we can see where her power is going.
22.7% of 195 to HF (pns) this is the % of power committed to resting, digesting and recovery.
68.4% of 195 to LF (sns) this is the % of power committed to cellular oxygen for regeneration in the cells.
8.9% of 195 to her VLF – Limbic system this is the % of power committed to the immune system, endocrine, adaptation to stress, communication systems.
So as you can see the overall picture is pretty alarming.
Now have a look at the print out’s over the next 12 months and see how her condition changes. Please note the Scattergram on the charts. This shows her arrhythmias over a 5 minute period. Her heart beats should be represented by a blue blob in the middle of the sphere. As you will see from the first one there is barely a solid mass presented in the graph.
This lady was given very big doses of the Carnosine and CoQ10 which proved, to be very efficacious when you see the results of the return visit.
As you will see from the second appointment two months later, there is significant improvement on her SDNN from 137.0 in the first test to 90.3 in the second test. Her Stress Index has improved from 24 to 41, and her Total Power has reduced in stress from 19,556 to 7948 a hugely significant change for her. Take a look at the Scattergram as her arrhythmias have reduced from 9.3 to 5.4 in just two months.
By the third visit, her heart rate her system has pretty much held the changes of the second visit and is stabilizing around the same numbers as the second visit.
Index of Centralisation (Hypothalamus) is creeping down slowly we are now for the first time in the normal range at 1.3 with Arrythmias coming in at 3.3. Look at the patterning of the scattergram, see how it is coming in together.
What is pretty remarkable about this month’s test, is that the patient in question admitted that she had run out of supplements and had just not got round to ordering them again and thought she would see how she fairs. She was off them for the majority of the two month period. As you will see as she had been taking the protocol religiously for 10 months her system has held up very well.
Heart rate now at 90 instead of the high 90’s. Her Stress Index has dropped from 35 to 21 because of the lack of support. The Index of Centralisation (Hypothalamus) again coming in within range. Her total power is now 6188, but with adjustments is actually 618. So her HF, LF, and VLF are % of 618, which is showing a much healthier spread of energy across her energy systems now. Her scattergram of arrhythmias at 6.3 has risen a little due to the lack of supplementation. Although still out of range it is so much better and is continuing to reduce slowly. This case is ongoing and it is anticipated that over time the results will continue to improve. Bearing in mind the age of this lady (now 71) she is courageous and has done remarkably well.
Below is her testimonial:
Two years ago, after a long history of occasional frightening attacks of heart arrhythmias (accompanied by very high blood pressure and always related to carbohydrate intake), I dropped into permanent atrial fibrillation. I then became breathless on the slightest exertion and incredibly tired and lifeless.
I took a considered decision not to accept orthodox NHS treatment – I did not take blood thinners and I did not accept cardioversion (to stop and restart my heart) or surgery (catheter ablation) as I was unhappy about the possible unwanted effects.
I was fortunate to find Lilias. On my first consultation with her she was concerned that, according to her state of the art machine, my ability to respond to stress was extremely low. I was also reading very low on many other parameters. Lilias started me on her mitochondrial regime and within a few short weeks, my stress tolerance noticeably improved. A year later, I am still in atrial fibrillation and still somewhat breathless on exertion. However, I can now do a lot more than I used to and can even walk for a couple of hours – which I simply couldn’t do before.
I am very grateful for this improvement and for beginning to feel like my old self again. I fully expect to get better still as time goes on and can heartily recommend Lilias as a caring, confident and very knowledgeable therapist.
For a quick overview please see table:
|Index of Centralisation||3.4||1.6||1.4||1.3||1.5||1.3|