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Acupuncture & My Heart: A Personal Story

By October 16, 2017Acupuncture


12 years ago I started experiencing abnormal heart palpitations. After a few years of misdiagnoses, I was told I had paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT for short). PSVT is just a fancy term for having a really, really fast heart rate due to extra electrical fibers in the heart interfering with the normal electrical circuit.

PSVT is not uncommon and not harmful. It wasn’t going to kill me, but man was it annoying! It got in the way of me doing seemingly everyday things, like sitting on the couch, dancing at weddings, going in saunas, tripping up the stairs (which I do often), and even studying. But it was a part of me and I was used to it and I dealt with it fine for 11 years. Until one day it annoyed my parents more than it annoyed me. It was getting worse as I got older.


So to please Sue & Randy, I met with two different cardiologists who both said the same thing- the only cure was cardiac ablation (burning the heart tissue that might be causing the abnormal rhythm). It was the only option so I made an appointment for the ablation 3 months into the future. But I was worried, I was worried that the ablation wouldn’t solve the problem and I’d just be left with a scarred heart.


I decided I would book a different appointment while I was waiting. I sought the help of my friend and fellow ND, Ayla Andrus, and asked her to give me her best shot because I had 3 months to avoid surgery. She came up with an evidence-based approach for acupuncture (that means there’s published research!)


Now here’s the point: After THREE acupuncture treatments, I had no more episodes. I went from having multiple episodes a month/week for 11 years to NONE at all. Needless to say I cancelled the surgery and I haven’t had a PSVT episode for EIGHT MONTHS. Every now and then when I’m really stressed I get a little episode, but I could not be happier with my treatment.

It’s not about “believing” in acupuncture. Acupuncture is not a belief system; it’s not alternative medicine, it’s JUST medicine. Medicine is the treatment and prevention of disease- and that’s exactly what acupuncture can do

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  • Julie Mayer says:

    Hello, Thank you for sharing this! I would like to know if there is such thing as cardiologist acupuncturist? I asked my acunpuncturist about PSVT and heart conditions treatments. He said he does not know. I have PVST and want to try this type of treatment. Any suggestions?

  • Kay says:

    Hi Dr.Sumner,
    My husband has SVT, he went through ablation but the doctor could not get it as his was on the lower ventricle. The doctor want to go at it again and we do not want to do that, so we are looking at alternate methods now. Can you help us? Thanks!

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