abnormal heartbeat

  1. DRUG SCARE: 2 common meds in URGENT new warning!

    It’s NOT the kind of news you ever want to wake up to see.

    You turn on the TV… or open the newspaper (remember those???)… or check online… or maybe even your email.

    And you see it: another warning out about meds – and this time, your drugs are on the list.

    It’s enough to make your heart skip a beat, and in this case that’s EXACTLY the risk you’re facing as the American Heart Association warns that several common classes of medication can lead to SERIOUS and potentially DEADLY heartbeat problems.

    But I’m not just here to repeat the warning to scare you.

    I’m here with a solution.

    I’ve got the names of the drugs linked to that frightening risk… and the better options you can replace them with!

    Common drugs linked the heartbeat risk

    The American Heart Association says the drugs covered in the warning can cause irregular heartbeats, including a heart that beats too fast… too slow… or even starts “fluttering.”

    That, in turn, can make you dizzy or faint.

    And inside your body, it can make it difficult for blood to reach your organs – potentially damaging the heart, brain and more.

    So allow me to share two of the meds that pose the biggest threat, according to the new warning. And while you shouldn’t quit ANY of them without talking to your doctor first, I’ve got some safer options you can discuss with him:

    HEARTBEAT THREAT #1: Antidepressants

    The new warning covers citalopram (Celexa), bscitalopram (Lexapro) and fluoxetine (Prozac) – drugs more people are turning to than ever as “pandemic blues” hit hard.

    Sales are UP… and supplies are DOWN, leading to an antidepressant shortage earlier this year.

    But who needs ’em???

    All-natural curcumin has gone head-to-head against one of those VERY drugs… fluoxetine… and MATCHED it every step of the way!

    HEARTBEAT THREAT #2: Azithromycin

    You know this one, maybe too well. It’s the trusty Z-Pak docs turn to for common infections. A running joke in medicine is how badly overused it is for the common cold: Patients come in depending an antibiotic, and too many docs comply just to make them happy.

    The docs KNOW the drug won’t work (plus, the cold will go away on its own). But they THINK that at least it’s safe.

    Clearly, it’s not.

    In addition to the new warning, studies have found it can make your heart race like it’s running the Belmont, speeding along at FOUR TIMES the resting rate. And a 2012 study found it can TRIPLE your risk of death.

    There are times you may truly need it, so talk with your doc. But often, safer antibiotics will do the trick… and for the common cold, vitamins A, C, D and zinc will do much more for your infection than any drug. And don’t forget one of the best natural treatments of all for the cold: sleep it off!

  2. Connecting the brain to the heart

    We think of Alzheimer's disease as a brain disorder – but new research suggests the answer may be closer to the heart.

    A recent study found a link between dementia and atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart are out of synch with the lower chambers, failing to pump blood and leading to an abnormal heartbeat.

    The study, presented recently at the Heart Rhythm Society's annual meeting, looked at 37,000 people at 20 hospitals and found that folks with that heart condition were 44 percent more likely to develop dementia over a five-year period than those without it.

    There's an even stronger connection for those under the age of 70 with atrial fibrillation. They're 130 percent more likely to develop dementia.

    And in all cases, folks with both dementia and atrial fibrillation were 61 percent more likely to die during the five-year study period.

    More research is needed before anyone can say for sure whether atrial fibrillation is a possible cause of dementia, but there's enough data now to establish a link.

    The researchers believe there are three possible explanations for that link.

    High blood pressure can reduce the flow of blood to the brain, depriving the cells of oxygen. And that, in turn, can lead to dementia.

    We spoke about the importance of keeping your blood pressure in check just last week, and here's extra motivation to make sure you keep at it.

    The other possible causes of the connection include inflammation and small "sub-clinical" strokes. Believe me when I tell you Big Pharma is standing by ready to sell you statins and anti-clotting drugs if they can market them as dementia-prevention meds too.

    But you don't need them.

    There are natural and effective ways to control your blood pressure that your doctor probably doesn't even know about. I offered up a detailed plan in the May issue of Health Revelations. Click here to subscribe now and get complete access to the archives, and you may never worry about your blood pressure again.

    There is no magic cure for Alzheimer's, but there are ways to help prevent it or delay the onset of dementia. Later this week, we'll talk about the importance of staying mentally engaged as you get older.

    The key thing to understand, though, is that the answer is not in some new medication – but likely something already inside your body.

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