BOTOX® is a powerful anti-wrinkle treatment that has continued to receive attention for many medical uses. It hasn’t been long since it was approved by the FDA to prevent migraines.
Now, researchers have found that it can be used to regulate a patient’s heart rhythms following bypass surgery. The report was published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.
Researchers found that an injection of BOTOX into the heart can lower the risk of many complications following bypass surgery such as:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
Following surgery, between 10% to 50% of patients end up with an irregular heart rhythm. This can lengthen recovery time, decrease survival rate, and increase the risk of the above complications.
The study using BOTOX for heart patients was first conducted with animals. The subjects received injections of botulinum toxin in their heart. The electrical signaling changed when they did this, which was a highly-anticipated outcome. The problem was there was no way to know if humans would have the same results.
Dr. Jonathan Steinberg led the research team to Russia with doctors that agreed to test the effects of BOTOX in human patients. Sixty patients agreed to do it. They all had irregular heart rhythms and half of the group received the injection.
After the surgery, only 7% of patients had an irregular heartbeat and by day 30, none of the patients had the complication. Thirty percent of those who received the saline placebo still had an irregular heartbeat right after surgery, and at day thirty, 27% still had the condition. It’s plain to see the BOTOX had a positive effect on arrhythmia.
Researchers suspect that the botulinum toxin must paralyze the heart in some way after experiencing the trauma of surgery. Due to this suppression of activity, the heart is able to regulate itself faster.
This use of BOTOX for bypass surgery patients won’t make its debut any time soon, though. Since it was only used on 30 patients, it would have to be tested on many more people before there’s a valid and reliable result.
The good news is that there seems to be hope in its use in regulating heart rhythm. It may even be more effective than beta-blockers and other medications that are often prescribed for arrhythmia.
BOTOX in New York at James Christian Cosmetics
The power of BOTOX is being explored every day for medical and cosmetic uses. You can take advantage of what we already know by making an appointment with James Christian Cosmetics for wrinkle treatment. We can sit down and discuss your goals and expectations for treatment and come up with a schedule that fits into your life and makes you look fabulous, rested, and refreshed.
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