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pH Balance and Atrial Fibrillation

Aug 17, 2007
Atrial Fibrillation, which is also sometimes called Auricular Fibrillation or A-Fib, is a medical condition involving the pumping of the heart. It is a disorder that causes an irregular heart beat, known as arrhythmia. As well as irregular, the heart beat is also, often, rapid and racing.

One of the primary conditions, which can cause atrial fibrillation, is sinus node malfunction. The sinus node is like a natural pacemaker for the heart. It regulates the beating of the heart. If the sinus node is malfunctioning, it can cause disruptions in electrical impulses. That causes the heart to beat irregularly.

Most other heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, can also cause atrial fibrillation. Also, drinking heavily on a regular basis or drinking large amounts of alcohol at one time can cause the onset of atrial fibrillation. Other conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) and pneumonia can also cause atrial fibrillation to occur.

There are several symptoms of atrial fibrillation. The most problematic of these are dizziness, fainting and overall difficulty breathing. Fainting is particularly dangerous because people with atrial fibrillation could easily hit their head if they fall. Also, they could potentially faint while doing things that affect other people, such as driving a car.

Heart palpitations are another common symptom. A heart palpitation occurs when a person has a sensation of feeling their heart beating in their chest, usually rapidly. Other symptoms, which can occur, include confusion and fatigue.

The pH balance of the body is the balance of alkaline and acidic substances in the body's fluids. This is measured by a pH scale, which ranges from zero to fourteen. A higher pH level indicates more alkaline substances than acidic. A lower pH means that the body's fluids are more acidic than alkaline.

The human body operates at its best when its pH levels are more alkaline than acidic. However, it operates best in a narrow range of between seven and eight on the pH scale. When pH levels are too acidic it can cause people to go into a coma in severe cases. However, when levels are too high it can cause equally bad problems, such as convulsions, to occur.

The biggest cause of a pH imbalance is food. Human beings tend to eat and drink many acidic items on a daily basis. These include such things as coffee, orange juice and most types of meat and fish.

Another main cause of pH imbalance is general stress or specific stress on the body. Specific stress on the body refers to having a specific ailment such as cancer, diabetes or some other illness. Illnesses can completely alter the body's chemical makeup and affect all body functions, including pH levels.

General stress is simply the hustle and bustle of everyday activities. That can include things such as work or school deadlines, as well as large event planning, such as planning a wedding. When a human being is under stress in such instances as those, it can affect all of a body's internal functions, including things like blood pressure and pH balance.

One benefit of an alkaline pH is that blood that has a higher pH level (more alkaline than acidic) also contains more oxygen. That means that the heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood through the body. Blood that has higher pH levels also tends to be thinner than blood with lower pH levels. That means that it flows easier through the body. Therefore, the heart doesn't need to pump as hard to get the blood to its destination.

By keeping pH levels more alkaline than acidic, a person can make it easier for their blood to flow through their body and, as a result, easier for their heart to pump. Since their heart wont have to work as hard this helps to keep sudden episodes of atrial fibrillation from occurring as often.

Keeping their pH balanced can also help to decrease a person's overall stress levels, lower high blood pressure and give a person more overall energy. That is supported by the fact people with an acidic pH tend to suffer from fatigue and feel generally sluggish and stressed. The reason is that the organs in the human body all have their own pH requirements. When the body becomes too acidic overall, or in certain areas, the cells cannot take in the proper nutrition. As a result, a person's organs can begin to act slow and sluggish. When individual organs are fatigued, the entire person finds themselves fatigued.

As you can see, there are many benefits to keeping the body pH balanced. It's important to be aware of pH balance as it relates to health.

By altering your diet, taking supplements and/or making certain changes to your overall lifestyle, you can balance your pH levels. By doing so, you can lower your risk of atrial fibrillation, as well as preventing many other health problems.
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