For years I have been discussing mercury as being a cause of palpitations and arrhythmias. It has been postulated that mercury is neurotoxic to the nervous system. Mercury also increases oxidative stress and decreases antioxidant activity. This is critical when silver fillings are removed by the dentist. I advocate intravenous antioxidant and gluthathione treatment on the day of the removal.
Mercury does inactivate the enzyme paraoxonase – an enzyme that supports HDL (good cholesterol) activity and also also increases LDL oxidation. I believe there will always be a debate to whether mercury is linked to Cardiovascular Disease.
I say YES! Since most fish is contaminated, there are studies that reveal that communities that rely on mercury exposed fish have increased risk of blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and heart attacks.
I evaluate serum mercury as well as provocative heavy metal results in any patients with high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and cerebral vascular disease.