Heart disease – irregular heartbeat

What is an irregular heartbeat: A normal person’s heartbeat is 60 to 100 times per minute when at rest. If it is too fast, too slow, or irregular, or it stops and starts, it is an irregular heartbeat. Of course, the heartbeat speed will also be affected by many external factors, such as the heartbeat will speed up during exercise, slow down during sleep, and speed up when excited or stimulated. Of course, the influence of emotions, the side effects of drugs, etc. will change the normal heartbeat. Problems with the heart itself, such as coronary heart disease, congenital or rheumatic heart disease, valvular disease or meningitis, may change the heartbeat rate and rhythm.

Irregular heartbeat is usually accompanied by palpitations, chest tightness, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, general weakness, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. I usually feel the pulse first. Pulse knot: The “Treatise on Febrile Diseases” calls the pulse with irregular and intermittent rhythms a knotted pulse. Knot pulse: refers to a pulse that stops in the middle of a slow pulse and then comes back, or a pulse that stops in the middle of a beat, and the subsequent pulse beats faster once or twice, which means “comes in smaller numbers”. Generally speaking, there is no fixed number of stops for a knot pulse, and the interval is short, and it comes back again. Substitute pulse: refers to a pulse that stops in the middle of a beat, and it takes a long time to come back, and it cannot return by itself, and it must be replaced by the next pulse. Generally speaking, there is a fixed number of stops, and the interval is long.

Ancient books mentioned that it is normal for the pulse to stop once and then beat again after beating for more than 56 times, that is, if the pulse beats less than 56 times and there is a knotted and alternate pulse, it is pathological. Arrhythmia, knotted and alternate pulses belong to chest pain syndrome, and the general cause is the body’s weak yang in the chest, insufficient heart blood, and cold air condensed in the chest, the palace of clear yang, which stays for a long time and causes chest yang obstruction.

The original text of Treatise on Febrile Diseases: For patients with typhoid fever who have intermittent pulse, palpitations, weakness and lack of energy, a pale tongue with little coating, or a dry and thin body, Zhigancao Decoction is the main treatment. This weakness and lack of energy is a symptom of asthenia, such as lung fatigue or the intermittent pulse caused by the deficiency of Yang Qi and severe deficiency of Yin Blood in cancer patients after chemotherapy. At this time, no matter what the patient’s illness is, we will start to treat the intermittent pulse first. First, keep the heart functioning normally, because the heart cannot stop. Arrhythmia is easy to treat, but when intermittent pulse appears, please do not take it lightly, and do not jump to see a Western doctor or take Western medicine casually. It is wise to see a nearby Chinese medicine doctor first.