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Trevor Qualls BS, DC Bio & Crystal Lester BA Bio  

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


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

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