It's maybe not too strange. Newer research indicates that antibiotics are not the simple bug-killers they were once thought to be. Many of them have anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, and ion-channel regulating functions. That last one could be highly relevant when it comes to ectopic heartbeats.
You can google this subject and get a lot of hits.
hi, I have pacs to , how do you know when its your vagus neve?
and did the pacs cause the afib or did you have the afib be fore the pacs ?
Achillea- I will investigate the effect of antibiotics on ion-channel regulation. If anything, the effect would seem to be to bring things into the normal range for me while on antibiotics. I am aware of the importance of adequate mineral intake for ion balance and do take supplements, but that doesn't mean that my body is absorbing minerals properly.
heartfluttersflyawayplz- I have high vagal tone, as evidenced by bradycardia (HR = 50bpm) and low body temp (97.5 average). This seems to make my vagus nerve quite sensitive to stimulation. Initially I usually feel spasms from an area above my naval, not in the abdominal muscles but from somewhere deeper. These coincide with pac's, based on monitoring my pulse at my carotid artery. These often lead to an episode of afib. There is a term used by EP's called vagally mediated afib. You can Google it for more info, but I believe that is the condition that I have.
Thanks I will
I've never had afib praying I don't
But pacs now when they come they come for hours on hours and very close sometimes every 8 th beat sometimes every other beat scard they will turn into afib when they are like that
Even though you get pac's you won't go into afib unless your heart's makeup will sustain fibrillation. It takes a trigger and the proper, or should I say improper, heart physiology to get afib. I have had an ablation in attempt to block the paths of recirculating electrical currents that sustain fibrillation but it is looking as though it was not completely successful. Although paroxysmal afib is manageable I would much rather just have the pac's w/o the afib.
I found a study on rats where antibiotics increased the amounts of calcium and magnesium in their urine, meaning that they were absorbing more of these minerals. Calcium and magnesium ions are vital in the proper transmission of signals in the nervous system. As a test I increased my dosage of calcium to 2400mg daily. I took 2000mg of vitamin C to help with absorbtion of the calium plus the calcium tablets had vitamin D included. After 3 days I was showing signs of overdose of calcium, ie. loose bowels. During this period the pac's and resulting afib did not improve and actually got worse. This tells me that I am probably not deficient in calcium. I will try a similar test with magnesium to see if that makes any difference. I read that antibiotics also effect inflammation levels. Perhaps that is the key to this mystery.
Watch the Mag for diarrhea!
Certain antibiotics, like the cyclines and macrolides, are somewhat well known for their anti inflammatory properties, and this is a field that is under study, as pubmed links show.
Calcium is indeed what's called a 'secondary messenger' in intracellular signaling. The role of magnesium is not certain there, but it may be important in immune response. But in any case, be careful of the dose of Mg you try: Think of the purpose of Milk of Magnesia!
When it comes to cell depolarization and repolarization of cell membranes (as in the contractility of cardiac cells re PVCs), I am betting the natural 'leakiness' of the membrane to sodium and potassium, relative to the active transport of the sodium-potassium pump, will prove central to the problem.