Palpitations Caused by Thyroid?

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   Posted 11/3/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 63 year old female who has been having palpitations for the last few years. I am taking 25 mg of Toprol Succ ER once daily. I have been steadily losing my hair for the last few years but it has increased over the last several months.

I asked my cardiologist to order a thyroid panel but he refused to do so. Is it unreasonable to ask for that test. He said he doesn't have a code to order it which I find rather strange.

I have other symptoms that might indicate my thyroid is off kilter. Has anyone been diagnosed with a thyroid condition that could be the cause of palpitations?

I have had EKGs, an Echo, and a Holter Monitor and no serious problems have been found.

The palpitations are frequent and scary. I know they can be benign but what can be done to eliminate them if there is no known cause? I'm not one to take prescription meds. I would rather find a natural method to treat them.

I am uninsured so I cannot afford to go from doctor to doctor. I find it unreasonable that my cardiologist won't order the thyroid panel when I have an upcoming appt. with him. He advised going to my GP which would be an additional office call to pay for out of pocket.

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   Posted 11/4/2011 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.
Patients with hyperthyroidism freqently have   symptoms that involve the heart. The most common symptoms are a feeling of palpitations and a sensation of a racing heart beat. These symptoms are due to a physiologic effect of thyroid hormone on the heart.
No it is not unreasonable to ask for that blood test, it is not like asking for a MRI.................... smhair Why make an appointment with your GP when it is your palpitations that are bothering you?  Ask again for your test. 
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   Posted 11/4/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt for the reply. I've decided to cancel the appt. with the cardiologist and go to my D.O. instead. She will no doubt send me to a cardiologist but I'll find a new one. I don't take kindly to being refused such a simple request as a thyroid panel and therefore feel he is not the cardiologist for me.

I was thinking more on the lines of being hypothyroid because of the hair loss. I'll research hyperthyroid to see if the other symptoms I have point to that possibility.

Thanks again, I appreciate your time.
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