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Conditions We Can Help With

What type of help and support can you expect from us?

We help with a broad variety of health conditions and symptoms that affect both the heart and our mental health.

For years, doctors thought the connection between mental health and heart health was strictly behavioral. Fortunately, that thinking has started to change. Now the medical community knows that the biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues also could influence and heart disease.

Discover how RhythmiaBreath can help your heart and mind, and bring both in sync.

Palpitations

There are a number of reasons a heart will develop palpitations. Before trying to find a quick fix or solution, it is important to understand the different causes of palpitations and where they might come from:

  • Over stimulation of the Parasympathetic nervous system
  • Overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Cardiac dysrhythmias and valve disorders
  • Dehydration
  • Increased circulatory volume
  • Anxiety, panic attacks and prolonged periods of stress
  • Certain medications or side effects
  • Stress-buster exercises
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • Overeating or food deficiency

Slow-paced, gentle styles of yoga, some breathing exercises and Mindfulness has been proven to help in anxiety-related palpitations, tachycardia and missed beats.

Stress, anxiety & tachycardia

Heart palpitations can be a common symptom of anxiety. They are often described as an unusual awareness of the heart-pounding or racing. In most occasions, palpitations are rarely serious. However, this symptom can signal arrhythmia, tachycardia, bradycardias or other dysrhythmias.

Heart palpitations anxiety symptoms can occur whether the heart’s rhythm is normal or abnormal. We recommend checking this symptom thoroughly especially is they increase in frequency and duration.

Palpitations caused by anxiety can be felt in your throat, neck, head, chest and sometimes as a general vibration in your body.

When we experience anxiety, palpitations may occur when physically active or when resting. Palpitations caused by anxiety are normally preceded or followed by an episode of nervousness, fear, elevated stress and even just the awareness of a thought or an imaginary situation. A common characteristic of anxiety-like palpitations is that they can range in intensity, frequency and depending on the circumstances.

We teach our patients techniques to help them cope with anxiety and stress. If these palpitations are caused by mental or physiological distress, it is important to know the root cause. Coaching for anxiety, breathing techniques, mindfulness and other relaxation techniques have been proven to be very effective in treating anxiety. In some cases, it is important to follow the specialist advice and continue with any type of medication or pharmacological therapy prescribed.

Mental and emotional distress / Low mood and lack of motivation

Mental Health well-being can be improved and developed using several different holistic methods. RhythmiaBreath practitioners evaluate the person’s complete health picture holistically before determining a plan for healing. Some of the possible symptoms describing physical and mental signs that may indicate emotional distress are:

  • Chronic fatigue, tiredness, and lack of energy
  • Some compulsive and obsessive behaviours such as excessive worry.
  • Dramatic weight fluctuation or changes in eating patterns and habits. This can also be associated with obsessive behaviours and impulsive and rapid changes.
  • Sleep disturbances and insomnia.
  • Other unusual symptoms such as extreme fatigue, unexplained pains, headaches, backaches and changes in your digestion and elimination, for example.
  • Short fuse, difficulties managing anger could also be a sign of stress overload, which can be physical or mental.
  • Lack of energy and lack of motivation
  • Difficulties concentrating in daily tasks
  • Significant changes in social behaviours such as decreasing your social activities, enjoyment and also outdoor activities.
  • Diminished sexual desire and sex drive
  • Mood swings and erratic mood changes.

RhythmiaBreath uses numerous practices and approaches to help our clients to:

  1. Understand what’s causing the distress and what are the triggers.
  2. Learning how to manage the symptoms and circumstances that could potentially be triggering the discomfort
  3. Apply specific tools to find balance and possibly a solution and increase resilience.

We focus on individual Coaching sessions in order to address emotional and physical distress, as well as low mood and lack of motivation. It is important to acknowledge that sometimes our beliefs get in the way of performance, productivity, communication, health and wellbeing.

Our coaching sessions are future-focused, driving attention on how our clients can learn the necessary resources in the present to move forward in the future.

The sessions are a combination of coaching, movement therapy and yoga-therapy, mindfulness, guided meditation practices, journaling, talking therapy, and virtual reality for stress and anxiety.

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)

Supraventricular tachycardia is the name given when your heart’s electrical conduction is triggered to go faster than normal. Every person can have short episodes of supraventricular tachycardia and this is not dangerous. However, when the symptoms last longer than a few minutes and are accompanied by dizziness, shortness of breath and dizziness, it is time to check with your doctor.
Although SVT episodes can occur in anyone, there are certain factors that may increase an individual’s risk. Examples of these risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive caffeine or alcohol use
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Extreme psychological stress and anxiety
  • Low potassium and magnesium levels
  • Illicit drug use
  • Family history of tachycardia
  • Structural abnormalities of the heart

It is known that certain foods and drinks might trigger SVT while others collaborate in keeping your heart in rhythm. Potassium and magnesium are indispensible in your diet when one has experienced SVT. We provide information through our nutritional therapist for what to avoid and what to add to a balanced diet to help SVT.

RhythmiaBreath uses movement therapy, pilates and yoga-based interventions to help your heart maintain a steady rhythm avoiding sudden onset episodes of fast heart rate. We recommend avoiding exercises and physical activities that could potentially increase your heart rate suddenly as well as long-sustained periods where the breath is held.

  • Some of the techniques and methodologies that we use are:
  • Pulse-check breathing exercises
  • Diaphragmatic breath
  • Vagal maneuvers. Yoga-based interventions that increase vagal tone and decrease heart rate
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Heart-Brain coherence technique
  • Breathing exercises
  • Yoga therapy for SVT
  • Nutritional therapy assessment

Atrial fibrillation

Yoga may be the perfect addition to standard treatment for atrial fibrillation, based on a recent study linking yoga to lower heart rate and blood pressure and improved quality of life for this population.

Published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, this study investigated the potential benefits of yoga in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm,

As a result, experts wonder if activities like yoga may provide added benefits for patients living with AFib. Since yoga can be very gentle, it’s generally safe for most patients and has a number of health benefits, like reducing stress and improving fitness.

Yoga may improve quality of life in patients with paroxysmal AFib because it gives them a method to gain some self-control over their symptoms instead of feeling helpless. Not only may light activities like yoga improve quality of life, but it also has the potential to reduce hospitals visit and improve outcomes. {CardioSmart. American College of Cardiology}

Cardiomyopathy

Results of this study demonstrate that a 12 week yoga therapy in addition to standard medical therapy improves cardiac function and myocardial stress in patients with stable HF. The improvement in cardiac function and myocardial stress seems to translate into a lower mortality rate. The clinical implication is that moderate physical activity in the form yoga asana, pranayama, and relaxation may be recommended in conjunction with standard medical therapy in stable HF patients.

A 12 week yoga therapy, when added to the standard medical therapy for patients with stable HF, leads to reduced NT pro BNP and improved LVEF and Tei index.

This study is unique in that there is deficiency of data on the effect of yoga, a mind body technique that involves meditation, and a set of physical exercises performed in the sync with breathing exercises, on cardiac function measured by LVEF, Tei index, and NT pro BNP in stable HF.

Study on the effect of yoga therapy on cardiac function

Post myocardial infarction

Yoga-based cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to improve clinical outcomes and can help patients post MI return to normal activity, according to a recent research study presented by the American Heart Association (AHA). This multi-center randomized controlled trial, self-rated quality of life data showed improvements for the yoga-based cardiac rehab (yoga-CaRe) group from baseline to 3 months.

RhythmiaBreath offers a holistic alternative to the conventional cardiac rehabilitation program, addressing the unmet needs of cardiac patients after having experienced a heart attack. Our approach aims to help patients recover from myocardial infarction, reduce lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease and adapt in a more mindful way to a new way of living and lifestyle, reducing the associated risk of morbidity and mortality.

Patients that have suffered a myocardial infarction or have undergone PCI “stenting” or By-pass grafts (CABG) are referred to our Cardiac Rehabilitation program following a thorough assessment in our Lifestyle intervention clinic. Our Specialist Nurses direct the program and develop the necessary interventions to succeed in our patient’s goals.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is known to be a potentially dangerous health condition. There are many ways in which blood pressure can be reduced using pharmacological therapy and drugs. It is also known that most of these medications unless strictly needed and recommended by a doctor, cause side effects and possible long-term effects.

There are several effective and natural strategies to reduce your blood pressure. RhythmiaBreath uses different treatments and strategies combining modern medicine with holistic practices in order to not only prevent hypertension but also treating the condition with prescribed medication.

Some of our treatments are:

  • Stress management techniques/stress relief therapy
  • Breathing exercises / Breathwork
  • Guided Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Guided imagery
  • Oil therapy
  • Yoga therapy exercises for hypertension
  • Body scan and Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR)
  • Coaching strategies to assess possible mental stressors causing hypertension
  • Virtual Reality sessions for hypertension and stress relief

Overweight / obesity

RhythmiaBreath uses interventions to manage obesity and reduce the risk of cardiometabolic risk.

The success of our programs in the last decade has been outstanding. We measure our success by assessing clinical outcomes. Alongside objective outcomes, we use behavioural counselling to assess the effectiveness of our client’s journey and selected program as well as self-management of the condition.

Some of the outcomes that we have successfully addressed in order to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease are:

  • Reduction in total cholesterol
  • Improvement of HbA1c
  • Reduction of Body Mass Index (BMI) and hip-waist ratio (HWR)
  • Reduction in CRP –inflammatory markers
  • Reduction in cortisol levels
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Better management of food intake, quantity, portion
  • Sense of hunger versus stress-related overeating
  • Reduction in sedentary behaviours
  • Increase exercise routine
  • Self-care strategies to increase the awareness of weight fluctuations

Our nurses carefully assess our wellness programs for Obesity and overweight. The sessions are a combination of:

  • Cardiovascular endurance and Cardio exercises using our HeartRhythm exercise method
  • Personal training assessment and action plan
  • Nutritional therapy assessment and action plan
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction for obesity and self-care
  • Meditation
  • Body awareness and behavioural therapy coaching sessions
  • Blood tests assessment
  • Cardiometabolic risk factors assessment
  • Diabetes assessment