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Treatment of Cardiac Diseases with Traditional Chinese Medicine

References: 1.! The Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases with Chinese Medicine, Simon Becker, Bob Flaws, Robert Casanas, MD
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Integrative Cardiology, John Vogel, Mitchell Krucoff

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Cardiovascular System: 3 main functions


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Delivery of oxygen and nutrients to organs and tissues Removal of waste from organs and tissues Transportation of hormones and distribution of heat around body
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Electrophysiology of the Heart


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Sinoatrial (SA) node: right atrial wall Initiates heartbeat Atrioventricular (AV) node: Interatrial septum picks up SA node action and passes to AV bundle Atrioventricular (AV) bundle: Top of interventricular septum picks up action from AV node and passes to bundle branches Bundle Branches: Inverventricular septum picks up action and passes to conduction Conduction Myofibers:Ventricular Myocardium picks up action from bundle branches and pass to ventricular mycardial cells
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TCM Disease Causes


!! External

Causes

!! Wind !! Cold !! Summerheat !! Damp !! Heat and Fire !! Dry

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TCM Disease Causes


!! Internal
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Causes

!! Deficiency:
Heart Qi Heart Yang Heart Blood Heart and Gallbladder Deficiency Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency

!! Psycho-emotional issues/Lifestyle
"! "! "! "! Qi Stagnation Blood Stasis Phlegm Accumulation Heat
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TCM Herbal Therapy


!! Blood

Stasis Transforming Herbs !! Phlegm Transforming Herbs !! Cold Dispelling and Qi Moving Herbs !! Calming Spirit and Orifice Opening Herbs !! Supplementation and Boosting Herbs

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Cardiac Arrhythmias 5 main types


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Premature beat Atrial Fibulation Bradycardia Tachycardia Ventricular Arrhythmias

!! common and mostly benign !! 2 upper atrial chambers quiver erratically: problematic: strokes !! Slowed heartbeat: problematic: dizzy, feinting !! Rapid heartbeat: problematic: dizzy, feinting !! Ventricles go out of control stopping pumping action: problematic: life threatening
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Clinical Signs and Symptoms


!! Symptomatic:

!! 1. Palpitations: aware of heartbeat described as: skipping, pounding, fluttering, flip flopping, racing, sudden stopping and starting of heart beat

!! Asymptomatic: !! 1. Hemodynamic: fatigue, lightheadedness,


dizzy, syncope
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TCM Patterns
!! Palpitations

Differentiation see Handout

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Integrative Approaches
!! Therapeutic

Nutrition: Based on Metabolism of the Heart


!! Magnesium/electrolytes !! CoQ10 !! D-Ribose !! L-Carnitine !! Essential Fatty Acids

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Integrative Approaches
!! Homeopathic

Medicine !! Energy Medicine !! Stress Management !! Family and Friends Support !! Supporting Western approaches: surgeries, ablations and medications

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