Using Botox During Bypass Surgery May Reduce Future Heart Problems
A Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) is a common and effective treatment for blocked heart arteries. During bypass surgery, arteries and veins from other parts of the patient’s body are grafted into the heart, creating new passages to improve blood flow. As successful as this procedure is for patients suffering from cardiovascular conditions, it is not without its side effects.
A new study published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology shows that irregular heart rhythms (Atrial Fibrillation or AFib), one of the most common complications of CABG, may be prevented by a surprising treatment. Botox injections, commonly used for cosmetic enhancements, have been found to help reduce the occurrence of AFib in bypass patients for up to a year.
Sixty patients who underwent the CABG procedure at two Russian hospitals were randomly assigned to receive either a Botox or saline injection into the fat pads surrounding the heart. The patients who received the Botox had a 7 percent chance of developing AFib, compared to 30 percent in the patients who received saline injections. A year later, no Botox patients reported AFib episodes, while 27 percent of the saline patients reported at least one AFib episode.
Further trials with longer durations are required before Botox injections can be considered as a viable preventative treatment for AFib following a CABG procedure. However, doctors are optimistic that this will bring about new ways of approaching the potential complications and aftermath of bypass surgeries.
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