How Does PEMF Therapy Help In Improving Atrial Fibrillation?

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Are you or your loved ones suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF)? Despite trying medications and other therapeutic alternatives, there may not be any significant improvement. Do you know why? Physicians are unable to determine the cause of sudden irregular heart rate.

Hence, physicians always try out new alternatives that could aim at improving the quality of life by getting rid of symptoms for a prolonged duration. That’s where PEMF helps.

Today, this article will explain how PEMF helps to improve the symptoms of atrial fibrillation with substantial evidence.

Before getting into that topic, let us first understand the meaning, causes, and symptoms of atrial fibrillation.

What is Atrial Fibrillation (AF)?

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular and rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of heart failure, stroke, and heart-related complications.

Two upper compartments of the heart (atria) beat irregularly out of coordination with lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) in atrial fibrillation. The episodes of the atrial fibrillation may come and go or it won’t go away and treatment may be required.

The normal heart rate is between 60-100bpm (beats per minute). In patients with atrial fibrillation, heart rate can go higher than 100bpm.

Normally impulse travels through atria and then to the atrioventricular node (a pathway that connects the upper and the lower chambers of the heart).

The problem in the electrical system of the heart causes the atria to fibrillate or quiver. The normal rhythm gets upset between the atria and ventricles due to quivering. If the heartbeats are not steady and strong, blood can get collected in the atria. The collected blood can form clots. These clots travel to the brain and block the flow of blood leading to stroke.

Atrial fibrillation can be of three types:

  • Paroxysmal AF – In this condition, the episodes of atrial fibrillation terminate spontaneously within 7 days (most episodes last only less than a day – 24 hours)
  • Persistent AF – In this condition, the episodes of atrial fibrillation last more than 7 days. It may require either electrical or pharmacologic intervention to terminate.
  • Permanent AF – In this condition, atrial fibrillation has persisted for more than one year. The reason could be either the failure of cardioversion (restorative procedure of normal heart rhythm) procedure or cardioversion has not been attempted

What causes Atrial fibrillation?

There are various causes of atrial fibrillation which include:

  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Lung diseases
  • Viral infection
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
  • Previous surgery of the heart
  • Stress due to surgery or pneumonia
  • Exposure to the stimulants like tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, or medications

The factors that could increase the risk of atrial fibrillation include:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Family history of having atrial fibrillation
  • Heart diseases
  • Chronic conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol intake

What are the signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

In some people, there are no signs and symptoms and they are not aware of having this condition.

Mostly, the signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation include:

  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Irregular heartbeat and palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Pain in the chest
  • Inability to do exercise

How PEMF treatment stands out in improving the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Usually, physicians recommend anticoagulant or antiarrhythmics medications, electrical cardioversion of low voltage, AV node ablation, and radiofrequency energy treatment according to the severity of symptoms.

All the above treatments can only help in managing the symptoms only and patients get relief only for a very short period.

This is where PEMF treatment stands out.

PEMF (Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields) therapy, unlike other treatments, treats the underlying cause of the condition rather than only symptoms. Although PEMF therapy is not an effective cure for atrial fibrillation, it could offer long-term relief from symptoms compared to other treatments while reducing the side effects.

Just apply the PEMF device on the target region, adjust the intensity and frequency according to the target area and switch it on to deliver PEMF waves. These waves could stimulate the natural healing mechanism of our body to heal naturally on its own by recharging the target region at the cellular level and destroying the irregular electric conduction of the heart.

For atrial fibrillation, the application of a PEMF device at a frequency below 2000 Hz for 15 – 30 minutes on the chest proves to be effective in getting the desired outcomes.

Is there any research evidence to support the effect of PEMF therapy on atrial fibrillation?

Yes.

Study 1

A 2015 research study published in the Heart Rhythm journal revealed that the extremely low level pulsated electromagnetic fields across the chest could suppress atrial fibrillation.

This experiment was conducted on 17 dogs anesthetized with pentobarbital. The multielectrode catheters were placed on both atria and all pulmonary veins. Atrial fibrillation was induced by programmed atrial extra stimulation or rapid atrial pacing (RAP).

It was divided into two groups: Group A of 7 patients were given PEMF therapy on both cervical vagal trunks, whereas group B of 10 patients were given PEMF across the chest where the heart remains at the center of the PEMF coil.

The intensity of the PEMF was 0.034 μG at a frequency of 0.952 Hz.

By the end of the third hour after PEMF application, there was a progressive improvement in the suppression of atrial fibrillation threshold at atrial sites and pulmonary vein in group A. In group B, there was a significant improvement in the refractory period. Even the neural activities were suppressed by PEMF in both groups.

Thus, this study proves that the application of extremely low level pulsated electromagnetic fields could effectively suppress atrial fibrillation.

Study 2

This interventional clinical trial study was conducted at the University of Oklahoma between the years 2018 – 2019 under the guidance of Sunny Po, MD, Ph.D.

It involves 18 adult patients aged between 21-85 with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (episodes of atrial fibrillation lasting < 7 days with or without prior cardioversion). They were divided into two groups: Group A (including PEMF application) and Group B (Sham group without PEMF application).

Group A underwent PEMF therapy for 60 minutes. PEMF therapy was administered through a Helmholtz coil positioned around the participant’s head and neck. Stimulation parameters were 0.032 µG intensity at a frequency of 0.89 Hz. After 60 minutes, they were studied for the change in the duration of pacing-induced atrial fibrillation.

With PEMF application, there was a significant improvement in managing paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Hence, this study was submitted in the clinical trials database [https://clinicaltrials.gov/] dated NCT03593486.

Other studies

This 2015 randomized controlled trial study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that the application of low-level electrical stimulation on patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation for one hour at the frequency of 20 Hz could suppress atrial fibrillation by reducing inflammatory cytokines.

The Takeaway

PEMF devices are basically FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved treatment used by even NASA scientists as well. It is not only applicable to atrial fibrillation conditions but also used to manage multiple body ailments.

Just buy one PEMF instrument so that you and your loved ones can use it for their ailments. There is no need to visit a chiropractor clinic to undergo this PEMF treatment.

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References

Yu L, Dyer JW, Scherlag BJ, et al. The use of low-level electromagnetic fields to suppress atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2015; 12(4):809-817. doi:10.1016/j.hrthm.2014.12.022 (Link)

Stavrakis S, Humphrey MB, Scherlag BJ, et al. Low-level transcutaneous electrical vagus nerve stimulation suppresses atrial fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015; 65(9):867-875. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.12.026 (Link)

Low-level EMF stimulation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Clinical Trials – NCT03593486 (Link)