With over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Claire Dunkley at Cluzie has seen the best and worst of it (she believes the healthcare system itself is sick). Healthcare today is focused on symptom management with a drug and cut approach however Claire strongly believes this focus needs to shift to treating the true cause of the problem and empower people to do the best for their body and health. In 2017, she found ANF (Amino Neuro Frequency) Therapy medical devices and dedicated her next two years to become Oceania’s first fully qualified ANF Practitioner. She established a holistic clinic to treat clients with this specialty technology as well as an academy to train other healthcare Practitioners the advanced skills to apply ANF therapy to their patients.
Lub dub, lub dub, lub dub, lub dub — goes our heart!
This is what we call the heart rhythm. But what is that exactly? It is the thing that makes us beat. A little boring, but the normal heart rhythm would be somewhere between 60 and 100.
It is, however, normal for the heart to vary throughout the day, depending on the activities that you do. This may include exercising, or be in response to feelings of anxiety, excitement or fear. If you’re super fit or if you’re sick, if you’re a baby or a dog, your heart rate may be a little faster.
But why should we know what’s normal or not? Well, if our heart deviates from the standard “lub dub” rhythm, it can be life-threatening. The heart should beat in a steady rhythm and there should be a regular gap between beats.
Life threatening heart rhythms
There are a few life-threatening heart rhythms that’s why most communities, sporting clubs, and shopping centres now have portable defibrillators installed. Because there are certain rhythms that can be fatal if they are allowed to continue for too long. These irregular rhythms need to be shocked – the defibrillator sends an electric charge through our heart, stops it, and the idea is that it restarts in its normal rhythm.
The only bad, REALLY BAD, heart rhythm that we cannot defibrillate is a flatline. Similar to those that we see in movies when somebody is in a flatline, they defibrillate, it won’t work.
When the heart rhythm is super crazy and it goes up and down in a fast and abnormal pattern, the heart is basically getting all these electrical impulses and it doesn’t know how to beat so you get no blood flow, no blood flow means no oxygen, and no oxygen means no life.
What’s heart arrhythmia and what causes it?
An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of our heartbeat – it means that our heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular pattern.
There are a couple of serious arrhythmias and the most common that people have heard of is atrial fibrillation. This usually happens when the top part of our heart beats faster than the bottom. The electrical impulses instead of coming from one little node, come from multiple. It’s like there are too many cooks in the kitchen trying to give the heart a message and it gets all confused and doesn’t know what to do.
This scenario gets dangerous because it might create a blood clot in the bottom part of the heart and then the heart pumps it out into the system which causes stroke or heart attacks when that clot gets stuck in the heart.
There are many things that cause heart arrhythmias, like:
- too much coffee
- too much alcohol
- cigarette smoking
And the list goes on…
To pacemaker, or not to pacemaker .. that is the question
If you have an irregular heartbeat, a lot of times doctors will recommend that you have a pacemaker put in. There are a few other things that we could do as well.
One of the things that we can do is cough, a loud and decent cough because what this does is stimulate the vagus nerve – the longest nerve in the body which is also one of the main feedback loops for our heart. A really big cough will help regulate the vagus nerve and will calm the heart down.
Regular exercise is also very important in promoting a low and normal heart rate. Do take note that as the body of each individual will react to exercise differently, we have to maintain an appropriate target heart zone and follow the recommended level of exercise on a weekly basis.
Stress also contributes to just about any major health problem out there, so we have to find ways to reduce it. Going for a run, yoga, mindfulness meditation and other relaxing activities might be able to help.
If the irregularity of the heartbeat continues, have an ECG. Else, if it’s serious and you have shortness of breath, chest pain, and your heart is beating around in your chest, go to the hospital or call an ambulance.
Assess and act
Maintaining a normal heart rate is simple and one of the easiest ways to protect our hearts. While a normal heart rate does not fully guarantee that a person is problem-free when it comes to health, it is a very helpful way to gauge a variety of health issues.
Cluzie Clinic also help people with heart rhythm problems… and dealing with heart problems is something we take very seriously.
So if there’s anything that’s not quite right with our heart, let’s have it checked out. Remember, without our heart, there’s no oxygen… and no oxygen means no life.
Spread some love and let’s take care of our hearts. 💙💚