Magnesium for arrythmia

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andwes
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   Posted 5/24/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been reading alot about the benefit of taking magnesium supplements for arrythmias.  I have found that it really helps mine alot but I'm not sure how many mg I should be taking a day.  One study called for 400mg twice a day but so far I'm only taking 300 once a day yet it does seem to help somewhat.  It also says potassium supplements in conjunction with magnesium is good for it too so I've added that to the mix.  I'm putting off going to the doc since I have no medical insurance right now but know I'll have to go back eventually....and since I have whitecoat syndrome to the max, I tend to look for herbal cures for various ailments rather than paying a fortune only to have a doctor put me on a med I can't afford and sometimes doesn't work anyway.  I have to admit that when I'm stressed (which seems to be most of the time) and anxious the arrythmias act up more....when I'm relaxed with family or friends it's either gone or I just don't notice it as much.  Anyway, just wanted to pass that info along and hope it can help someone else.  But I suggest too that you do alot of reading on it (or ask your doctor) before assuming it's going to be a cure-all.  I LOVE this forum....I'm oftentimes on Anxiety/Panic but thought this was more appropriate for what I'm going through now.

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   Posted 5/25/2011 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Good Morning and so nice to see you here.  This is Kitt :-)
 
Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function, too. Many foods contain potassium, including all meats, some types of fish (such as salmon, cod, and flounder), and many fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Dairy products are also good sources of potassium.
 
Keeping the right potassium balance in the body depends on the amount of sodium and magnesium in the blood.
 

Whatever your age, talk to your doctor before taking potassium supplements.

Magnesium is essential to heart health. It helps maintain a normal heart rhythm. Be sure to check with your health care provider before taking magnesium supplements.

Tread lightly my friend. 

I hope this has helped you and know I am thinking of you.

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   Posted 5/27/2011 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
You should definitely find out what your specific arrhythmia is. If you are skipping beats and are not feeling faint or having chest pain it may be just premature ventricular contraction (PVCs). I have PVC episodes from time to time. I'm told they are not generally dangerous, but they are disturbing. For me the trigger is almost invariably alcohol. I also get atrial fibrillation occasionally (afib), which is a rapid beat or flutter. Also not considered dangerous, but very upsetting. Same trigger. If I don't drink, my heart stays regular. I don't know your habits, but if you're a drinker, try abstaining for a week or so and see what happens. If this hits home, look up Holiday Heart Syndrome for further info. Good luck!
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