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Can multiple sclerosis cause heart problems?



I have MS, and I know pretty much all there is to know about it. But recently, my heart has been beating funny. Went to doc, said it was a re-polarization problem. Sinus arythmia and brachardia (I think that's what she said). Yet, I talked to another person with MS, and she said that it can cause my heart problems.

I made a call to my friend at the MS Chapter Society and she had stated that MS cannot cause heart troubles, but thought you might have other health issues, but MS cannot cause heart problems. You might want to check your family history to see if anyone on either side of your parent's family for heart problems. I have MS as well and I had asked my doctor that same question. Although MS cannot cause any health problems other than the Mylen attacking the nerve system, but it doesn't stop other illnesses from happening. Please contact your neurologist and ask that question. My best to you.
I've never heard of MS causing heart problems, myself.

However in theory, the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) influences heart rate and if there is interruption of the myelination of this nerve, possibly it could explain abnormal heart beats.

I'm not sure how it would STIMULATE the nerve so as to cause slow heart beat (bradycardia), but there you have it.



NB. sinus arrhythmia is not actually a problem. It is a normal variation in heart rate which is related to breathing and the volume of blood in the lungs. It occurs frequently in the normal population.
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Well, are you 100% sure you have MS and not APS. Many MS patients are wrongly diagnosed and really have APS. And APS can cause heart problems.

If they are 100% sure it is MS, then chances are your heart issue is a stand alone issue.

Good Luck!
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Brian: Excellent question. Simple answer: perhaps!!

As someone who has been managing MS for over 45 years, I continue to be amazed about what symptoms MS DOES cover!!! For example: I'd been having problems swollowing, and having stuff go into my lungs instead of my stomach. I am a 'fanatical" documentor of symptoms and their impairment on my normal daily activities, so when i went in to see my dr, he sent me to see a speach therapist. It turns out that MS can impact INTERNAL MUSCLES just like external ones; and, I had what is called "mild dysphasia" - where my throat, diaphram, and the little "thing" that covers either the stomach or the lungs - whichever is needed - to assist breathing or swollowing - was becoming numb. So, I had to learn how to manage these symptoms.

So, does MS impact your heart? Perhaps? To best way to help your doctor help you is to document -IN SPECIFIC DETAIL - your symptoms, and how they impact you. Then your doctor can best assist you manage those symptoms.

For additional help, please see my website: http://www.disabilitykey.com

Also, please feel free to im me or email me by clicking on my Yahoo name.

Best of luck!!
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