Atria fibrillation and premature ventricular contraction are associated with an imbalance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Coffee, cocoa, low or high blood sugar, embarrassment, excitement, excessive exercises, or emergencies, which induce the over stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, can aggravate this condition. Increasing the capability of the parasympathetic nervous system through yoga, qi gong, meditation, acupuncture, or simply stretching can help reduce the symptoms. In the International Journal of Cardiology, 2006, E.S. Prakash reported the effect of timed deep breathing on the frequency of premature ventricular contractions. He discovered that deep breathing at six breaths per minute eliminated premature ventricular contractions in an 18-year-old female with frequent premature ventricular contractions, anxiety, and palpitations. In 5 out of 10 patients with frequent, unifocal (one specific area of the heart) premature ventricular contractions, deep breathing at 6 breaths/minutes reduced the frequency of premature ventricular contractions by at least 50%. This result is possibly due to the increased, parasympathetic modulation of the pacemaker system, which can slow down and regulate heartbeats. Acupuncture strengthens parasympathetic nervous system to slow down the heartbeat.
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