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Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research

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CASE STUDY

 

Resolution of Atrial Fibrillation & Hypertension in a Patient Undergoing Upper-Cervical Chiropractic Care

   

Trevor Qualls BS, DC Bio & Crystal Lester BA Bio   

 

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ Issue 1 ~ February 22, 2012 ~ Pages 9-15 

 

Abstract


Objective: To describe the correction of an upper cervical subluxation in a patient with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.

 

Clinical Features: A 68-year-old female presented with fatigue, weakness, dyspnea, tachycardia and hypertension.  Her cardiologist previously diagnosed her with atrial fibrillation. 

 

Intervention & Outcomes: High velocity, low amplitude adjustments were delivered in the knee-chest position to the atlanto-occipital area on 4 separate visits.  Upon receiving a second adjustment, the patient’s heart rate variability readings showed signs of improvement suggesting autonomic balance.  Her blood pressure returned to normal and was able to discontinue her medication. 

 

Conclusion: This case reviews the use of upper cervical in the resolution of signs and symptoms in a patient with atrial fibrillation.

 

Keywords: Chiropractic, Upper Cervical, Knee-Chest, Atrial Fibrillation, Subluxation, HRV, Arrhythmia