Botox for AFib? Seriously? - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Botox for AFib? Seriously?

December 13, 2018
How does that make any sense? Botulinum Toxin for AF After Cardiac Surgery.
Surgery puts you at risk for arrhythmia; to prevent them, doctors give beta blockers preventively. However, that ended badly for many patients. I wrote about it in a blog called “Killer Beta Blockers”. 
Surgery also puts you at risk for magnesium deficiency, especially since most inhaled anesthetics are fluoride compounds. Fluoride meds can break down in the gut or the liver and release fluorine ions that irreversibly bind with magnesium. Magnesium fluoride is a brittle compound that deposits in soft tissues and, besides causing magnesium deficiency symptoms, like AFib, may be responsible for tendon rupture. Cipro – a fluoride drug – has a black box warning about causing tendon rupture. 
Magnesium deficiency is associated with AFib, but instead of testing for low levels of ionized magnesium in surgical patients and giving IV magnesium to prevent AFib, patients are given Botox. I repeat, how does that make any sense?
In this Medscape article the authors comment that “A strategy aimed at preventing atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiac surgery remains tantalizing as two research teams have now published randomized experiences that seem to contradict each other in some ways, but also may be complementary.”
You can read this convoluted article if you like but I still maintain that doctors are ignoring their responsibility to patients by not putting more attention on magnesium. Yes, there are studies where magnesium is used in post surgical patients but they don’t test for ionized magnesium levels before giving IV magnesium. So how do they know who needs it and who doesn’t. This oversight completely negates the study and obscures the benefits of magnesium allowing doctors to say that magnesium isn’t necessarily beneficial.
Actually, the most interesting part of this article was the disclosure that one of the authors serves on the board of Allergan, who supplied the Botulinum toxin type A used in the study.
I look forward to the day when ionized magnesium testing is the norm and we can start saving lives.
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