Botox for Your Heart?

Could Botox help keep your heart healthy? A recent study shows that injecting Botox into the fatty pads of the heart during open heart surgery reduces the risk of irregular heart rhythms, in particular atrial fibrillation. 

Family physician Dr. Rachael Ross says, “It’s interesting from the point of perhaps long term this may be a standard treatment for a-fib.” 

While Botox is normally thought of as a cosmetic solution for wrinkles, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon points out that The Doctors have talked about Botox as a treatment for migraines, eyes spasms, torticollis, excessive sweating, bladder control for people with sensitive bladders, and prostate issues.

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But why does it work? Dr. Ordon points out, “What’s in common here is that Botox just somehow slows down the activity of that muscle, in some cases skeletal muscles and sometimes smooth muscles, and just that effect of slowing things down a little bit has a positive effect.”

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Dr. Ordon shares that besides using Botox to treat wrinkles in his office, Botox can also be used to help aid recovery after breast implant surgery.