Botox may improve heart health

Botox

When people hear Botox, cosmetic surgery is often the first thing that comes to mind. But the American Heart Association reports that the famous wrinkle-fighter may also improve cardiovascular health.

In a recent study, Botox was found to stave off irregular heart rhythms following bypass surgery. For roughly one-third of patients, an irregular heartbeat (also known as atrial fibrillation or AFib) occurs after the procedure. The condition is associated with dangerous complications like blood clots and heart disease.

So how does Botox fit in? Researchers found that injecting it into the fat that surrounds the heart may decrease the risk of developing AFib after a bypass.

According to the American Heart Association, the study zeroed in on 60 patients who received either Botox injections or saline. In the month that followed the surgery, the Botox patients only had a 7 percent risk of developing AFib. The saline patients had a 30 percent chance.

When researchers checked in with them a year later, they found that over a quarter of saline patients had an irregular heartbeat—but not a single Botox patient had developed AFib.

This isn’t the first line of research to explore the potential health benefits of Botox. One 2014 study out of Australia found it to improve asthma symptoms among treatment-resistant patients. Botox has also been explored for treating urinary incontinence, as well as chronic migraines and excessive sweating.

Botox, which is produced by a bacteria, works by blocking the nerve signals responsible for muscle contraction.

Related Heart Disease News

September 22, 2015
Middle aged couple

Sex doesn’t play into heart attack risk, study finds

September 22, 2015
July 23, 2015
CPR

Bystander CPR powerful weapon against cardiac arrest

July 23, 2015
March 2, 2015
Anger, road rage

Anger appears to boost heart attack risk

March 2, 2015
November 23, 2014
Marriage problems

Shaky marriage may contribute to heart disease

November 23, 2014
May 22, 2014
Many factors can contribute to infertility

High cholesterol might make it harder to get pregnant

May 22, 2014
May 20, 2014
Senior Man having heart attack

Cardiac protein may explain heart failure

May 20, 2014
May 2, 2014
Red meat has long been linked to heart disease

More research connects red meat to heart disease

May 2, 2014
April 16, 2014
Healthy older man

Black vegetarians less likely to develop heart disease

April 16, 2014
April 9, 2014
Legumes, also known as pulses, may reduce cholesterol

Legumes shown to cut bad cholesterol

April 9, 2014
March 28, 2014
Sliced Watermelon

Watermelon lowers blood pressure in study

March 28, 2014
March 24, 2014
Heart and stethoscope representing heart health

Latest heart health news: saturated fats and sleep apnea

March 24, 2014
March 19, 2014
Woman at doctor visit

Developmental drug cuts bad cholesterol in study

March 19, 2014
March 17, 2014
Heart-shaped stethoscope related to heart health

RNA fragment play key role in heart failure

March 17, 2014
March 17, 2014
Woman who is stressed out and overwhelmed

Emotional stress may trigger artery dysfunction

March 17, 2014
January 10, 2014
Triglycerides in blood

What are triglycerides?

January 10, 2014
December 9, 2013
Women having blood pressure measured

Blood pressure – force of blood against the artery walls

December 9, 2013
December 3, 2013
Heart-shaped stethoscope related to heart health

What is atrial fibrillation?

December 3, 2013
October 10, 2013
Obese man with health issues

What is good and bad cholesterol?

October 10, 2013