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Adrenal Fatigue FAQ: Is Adrenal Fatigue Hereditary and Adrenal Fatigue & Irregular Heartbeat


June 4, 2012 | Published by

Question: Can adrenal fatigue or stress cause an irregular heartbeat? Can it be fixed?

Both stress and adrenal fatigue can cause irregular heartbeats, also known as arrhythmia. Stress can often cause tachycardia, or a faster than normal rhythm over 100 beats per minute. Adrenal fatigue can lead to high potassium and low sodium levels, which can interfere with the electrical signals that regulate heart rate.

If the irregular heartbeat is due to stress or adrenal fatigue, it can be corrected by reducing the stress or treating the adrenals and balancing electrolyte levels. However, there are many causes of arrhythmia including heart disease, thyroid problems, or taking certain drugs or cold medications. It is important to determine what is causing the arrhythmia and treat accordingly.

Question: Is adrenal fatigue hereditary? If you suspect it in your teen daughter, should you get it checked? One of my doctors says it can be checked through bloodwork. Is that true? I have only had mine checked through saliva testing.

Adrenal fatigue is not hereditary, per se, but both genetics and environment can influence cortisol reactivity to stress. Yes, if you suspect adrenal fatigue in your daughter, test for it. Cortisol can be tested in the blood, but almost all serum (blood) cortisol is bound to protein. The body can’t use bound hormones. I prefer salivary levels because they represent “free” or unbound cortisol, the form that is actually available for use in the tissues. Also, cortisol levels change significantly throughout the day. Salivary tests make it easy to test cortisol levels four or more times in one day and determine the cortisol’s daily pattern.

Dr. Lise NaugleAbout the Author: Dr. Lise Naugle is an associate of Dr. James L. Wilson. She assists healthcare professionals with clinical assessment and treatment protocols related to adrenal dysfunction and stress, and questions regarding the use of Doctor Wilson’s Original Formulations supplements. With eleven years in private practice and a focus on stress, adrenals, hormonal balance and mind-body connection, she offers both clinical astuteness and a wealth of practical knowledge. Dr. Naugle also maintains updated information about the latest scientific research on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function, endocrine balance and nutritional support for stress and develops educational materials about stress and health for clinicians and their patients.

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  • Sandy says:

    Hello, I have just read your book and I have most of the symptoms, I can’t afford the supplements, I will try to do the most with food changes and some of the other things that don’t cost a lot of money. Are there any plans in the works to make it more afforadable for some of us? Do you have to stay on the supplements for ever or when you feel better can you stop? thank you

    • Hi Sandy,

      Unfortunately, the only way to lower the price on our products would be to compromise our standards and the quality of the ingredients – something that we are not planning on doing. The supplements are meant to be used for as long as you need them – depending on the severity of the adrenal fatigue, and very few people . However, many customers find that they no longer need to take Doctor Wilson’s Original Formulations after a while. For more information on this, please check out the supplement reduction schedule.

      We hope this information helps.

      -Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Team

  • Carolyn says:

    Please can you tell me – do the Adrenal Rebuilder tablets have to be consumed in their raw state or can they be heated to kill off any potential viruses (that we may not even know about in the current time)? I am just slightly concerned about ingesting raw porcine matter when it is known that pigs harbour all manner of viruses which may be transferred to humans.

    Thanks so much for your response on this – I really appreciate it, Carolyn

    • Hi Carolyn,

      In short, the Adrenal Rebuilder is safe to take straight from the bottle. Here is some information on the glandular extracts from our cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) page on website:
      The raw ingredients for the Doctor Wilson’s Original Formulations supplements come from only the most reputable suppliers who guarantee their purity. Each supplier sends a Certificate of Analysis with every shipment of ingredients showing that these raw ingredients have been tested and successfully passed standards of purity and quality set by the US government. In many cases these raw ingredients far surpass government requirements. Dr. Wilson works with the manufacturers and suppliers to procure the raw materials with the highest levels of bioactive components that will provide the most effective results.

      Hope this helps – thanks for your questions!
      Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Team

  • Robyn says:

    I have hi am and pm cortisol, and would like to know why my pulse is slow. It would stand to reason that hi cortisol causes. fast, not slow pulse.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Adrenal Fatigue Team says:

      Hi Robyn,

      That’s a good question. Though higher levels of cortisol typically mean a higher pulse rate, that is not always the case. If your cortisol is slightly higher than average, it may not make a big difference in pulse rate. Have you spoken with your healthcare practitioner about this?

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