Heart Botox? No- we are NOT asking if you “love Botox®”! At The Treatment Rooms we were researching uses of Botox® and came across Botox® being used in the heart. In this short blog we explain what on earth this could mean!
Botox® for the heart?
Researches based in America came across some interesting uses for Botox® in the heart. If you are a sufferer of an abnormal heart rhythm like Atrial Fibrillation (click here to find out more) you could potentially benefit from Botox® in the future. But how?
Botulinum toxin is primarily used for cosmetic purposes. It works by stopping nerve signals to muscles thereby preventing the muscles from contracting. By using Botulinum toxin we can stop muscles from contracting and the overlying skin stops wrinkling. This is why they are also called “anti-wrinkle injections”. Botulinum toxin is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies and one of the products has been named Botox®- hence the name!
In the heart study, Botulinum toxin was injected into the heart to prevent nerves signalling to specific parts of the heart muscle. By preventing some signals, the heart muscle wasn’t over stimulated and the incidence of the abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation, was reduced.
What did the results show?
- After heart surgery, the risk of patients having atrial fibrillation dropped as much as 9X for 3 years
- Fewer patients needed to be seen in hospital for atrial fibrillation when they went back home
What does this mean?
Currently Botox® can be used to treat excessive sweating, migraines and teeth grinding. By using Botox® to treat abnormal heart rhythms it opens up interesting avenues for research into how heart patients can benefit too!
If you were interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact us today. Our Doctors and Surgeons are happy to take you through what Botox® is and how it is used in the art of aesthetic medicine. Simply click here and fill out an enquiry form!