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BPS in Plastics May Cause Heart Arrhythmia

BPS in Plastics May Cause Heart Arrhythmia

New research shows that BPS in plastics may cause heart arrhythmia.

BPA, a chemical compound used in the manufacture of plastics, was linked to neurological problems, cancer, heart problems, and fertility issues in numerous studies. Because of the studies, manufacturers started using an alternative – BPS.

Soon, BPA-free labels started popping up on bottles and food containers to show the public they were safe. But it turns out that BPS may not be so safe of an alternative after all.

An initial study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that female rats that were exposed to BPS ended up having heart arrhythmia, among other issues. Though research has yet to be undertaken in humans, the level of BPS the rats were exposed to were similar to the levels humans would be exposed to.

Concerned experts from various health organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic, are advising people to use caution. While more research needs to be done, it may be best to ditch the plastic bottles and containers and use stainless steel water bottles and ceramic or glass containers for food storage.

Weight Loss Helps Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Weight Loss Helps Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation, also known as AF or A-fib, is an abnormal heartbeat characterized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat. It is the most common type of arrhythmia that affects 2.5 million people in the United States. It is frequently caused by hypertension or valvular heart disease and is often treated with medications or cardioversion. But, a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session had some great news for those with atrial fibrillation – it showed weight loss helps patients with atrial fibrillation.

This study was the first to track the long term affects of weight loss in patients with atrial fibrillation. 45% of patients who lost 10% or more of their body weight and kept it off for four years were able to achieve freedom from their atrial fibrillation symptoms without having to have surgery or take medications.

Those who lost 10% or more of their body weight were six times more likely to achieve long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation as compared to those who didn’t lose weight. Those who lost the most weight showed marked reductions in atrial fibrillation burden and severity. Even those with a 3-9% reduction in body weight saw benefits.

If left untreated atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke or heart failure and it doubles your risk of death. Taking action now can help you live a longer and healthier life.

Our cardiologists have successfully treated patients with atrial fibrillation, and other arrhythmias, for over 25 years.

Was Beethoven’s Music Affected by Cardiac Arrhythmia?

Was Beethoven's music affected by cardiac arrhythmia?

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times looked at a study of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music. The study suggests some of his later works could have been influenced by cardiac arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart, also known as an irregular heartbeat.

A cardiologist, an internal medicine specialist, and a musicologist examined Beethoven’s music to look at the “rhythmic turnabouts”. Their theory is that once Beethoven began to lose his hearing, he began to weave the rhythm of his heartbeat into his music. This is suggests he had an irregular heartbeat.

Their study is only speculation, but it does allow fans of his music to look at (and hear it) in a new light almost 190 years after his death.

If you have an irregular heartbeat please consult a cardiovascular specialist.