Lyme Carditis: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

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Lyme carditis may occur when Lyme disease bacteria penetrates heart tissue. Learn how Phyllanthus niruri may help.

Lyme Disease and Lyme Carditis

Lyme disease is powerful and elusive bacterium that can progress and attack various organs and systems in the human body, including the joints, central nervous system, and heart.

Observed in 4-10% of all patients with Lyme borreliosis, Lyme carditis typically happens in the early stages of the disease. When the immune system detects bacteria in the heart, it sends in inflammation, its first defense mechanism. However, this inflammation caused by the infection can block the electrical signal from the upper chambers of the heart to the lower chambers. This block causes a disruption in the rhythm of the heartbeat. Physicians call this a “heart block,” and it can be experienced in various degrees.

Symptoms of Lyme carditis can include:

  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain

These symptoms are almost always accompanied by fever, body aches and pains, and even more specific Lyme disease symptoms, such as the infamous erythema migrans rash, aka “the bullseye” that sometimes appears after a tick bite.

Early Recognition of Lyme Carditis

Ranking as one of the rarest manifestations of Lyme borreliosis, Lyme carditis usually occurs within the first 2-3 months of the disease when antibiotics are most effective.

Early recognition is vital because a “heart block” can quickly advance from a 1st degree to a 3rd degree block, during which the heart stops consistently pumping blood and death can occur. explains, “The standard protocol for high-degree heart block calls for implanting a permanent pacemaker. However, the heart block in Lyme carditis will most likely resolve with antibiotic therapy. Thus, identifying Lyme carditis as the underlying cause of the heart block can prevent the unnecessary implantation of permanent pacemakers.”

Phyllanthus niruri May Provide Lyme Carditis Support

When the immune system responds to an infection in the body, its first response is inflammation, which is what happens in the case of Lyme carditis. The immune system is put on high alert and works hard to fight the infection. In some instances, the immune system can be under constant attack from both Lyme disease bacteria and Lyme carditis, as well as daily stress from work, environment, relationships, etc. When this combination of factors occurs, the immune system can become weakened and compromised.

Phyllanthus niruri, also known as Chanca Piedra and Stone Breaker, may provide phytochemical support for a balanced immune system.

Phyllanthus niruri comes in tea, extract, and powder forms. It has been traditionally used to help the immune and lymphatic systems combat viruses and bacteria, support the digestive system and renal system, and reduce stress on the pancreatic system.

An adaptogenic and phytochemically rich herb found in South America, Phyllanthus niruri is an anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-plasmodial plant used in traditional medicine to attack the spirochete that causes syphilis. This same spirochete is bacteria that is similar to that of Lyme borreliosis, which is why it may prove helpful for those suffering from Lyme carditis. Learn more about Phyllanthus niruri support for Lyme disease here.

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