Botox Helping Prevent Atrial Fibrillation in Post-Op Cardiac Surgery Patients
The popular cosmetic treatment Botox (botulinum toxin) is finding many more medical uses than providing facelifts. Doctors are already using Botox to treat bladder conditions as well as excessive sweating. Now, a recent study is monitoring its usefulness in cardiac surgery patients.
Research presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 36th Annual Scientific Sessions showed the benefit of Botox injections immediately following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). The research found that when doctors injected Botox into the epicardial fat pads during the surgery, it reduced the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) immediately following surgery. Furthermore, patients treated with Botox found a long-term reduction of AF for up to one year with no further Botox applications.
The researchers included 60 patients who had a history of paroxysmal AF. During CABG surgery to correct the problem, half were given Botox injections while the other half received a saline placebo. The patients were checked 30 days following their surgery and only two of the Botox patients suffered an AF episode, compared to nine of the placebo patients. Over the one-year follow-up period, seven in the placebo group experienced recurrent AF, while none of the Botox patients experienced any symptoms.
With the success of this study, researchers are now calling for a large, multi-center study to determine the safety and efficacy of using Botox for AF prevention. Atrial fibrillation is just one of the many types of cardiovascular conditions that can limit a person’s ability to work and earn a living. Many cardiovascular conditions are included in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments, which determines which health conditions are disabling and at what level of severity do they qualify for disability benefits.
If you or a loved one suffers from cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease, atrial fibrillation, or arrhythmia, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Contact the Disability Help Group to get help with your claim. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.