I am interested in vitamin D, RBC magnesium, and C reactive protein. My regular yearly blood work provides the other biomarkers. A number of labs advertise over the internet.
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@lucyjake You can ask for these tests to be run at the same time as your annual blood work. They do not even need to draw additional blood to do it.
I started using Siphox Health early this year (I test every other month). Their basic panel assesses 17 biomarkers with plans to expand options soon. Here's the URL to their site: https://siphoxhealth.com/.
The whole process, from shipping the test kit to collection, to submission, & receiving results is easy, impressive, & even seamless–& in my estimation provides an excellent price-value.
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Thanks! Will do.
If your doctor will not order the labs you want and there is a Quest Lab draw station near you, you can order your labs through UltaLabs and have them drawn at Quest. They do not bill insurance and do not require a doctor's order. You have to pay by credit card.
Ultalabs frequently has sales with 20- 50% discount off their discounted prices.
Doctors have must include a specific diagnosis on lab orders in order for insurance to pay. Many insurance companies also put restrictions on what tests can be ordered.
Vitamin D is not often covered and the cost to pay out of pocket is high, unless you go through UltaLabs online. Lab panels are often cheaper than individual tests. I have ordered the tests you mentioned through Ultalabtests.com
Thanks. Contacted my Doc today that diagnosed my afib. He agreed to do the tests and said insurance will pay based on my diagnosis. Went by and got my blood drawn today. In the future though if I need an interim update I will likely go the internet lab route. I have made a significant change to my diet, no sugar, low salt, vegetables, nuts, fruits, lean meats only. Taking D, C, and magnesium supplements. Doc also added a thyroid test because I had some unintentional weight loss. Next test is a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. My afib has changed in that it mostly occurs when I am sleeping. I do not think I have sleep apnea but I want to cross it off the list.
Were you able to get your sleep study completed? My sleep apnea was diagnosed ten years ago and I was started on CPAP. My AFib was diagnosed in 2022 after Covid.
I recently had an AFib/irregular episode at night while I was sleeping. My Apple Watch sent out several alerts during the night, but I had turned off the sound and did not hear the alerts. I saw the irregular rhythm alerts in the morning. I checked my ECG with my LookeeTech two lead ECG (screen shot attached), and I saw the irregular rhythms with a heart rate 99. I took 100 mg of Flecainide and 5 mg of Eliquis prescribed by my EP for AFib episodes as pill in the pocket meds, I put on my CPAP, increased my oxygen because my oxygen level was low, and 2 hours later I was back in normal sinus rhythm.
I have learned, like others have stated, that AFib and other abnormal rhythms can happen at anytime.
My EP has advised me to check my ECG several times a day. I have resumed taking Eliquis daily. I will continue to use Flecainide and Metroperol Tartrate as pill in the pocket meds for AFib or other abnormal rhythm episodes. I rarely need them.
Congratulations on making lifestyle changes. Best of luck to you.
My internist ran my bloodwork and everything came back great. My CRP score was < .3, D was 90, thyroid normal and Magnesium in the normal range. My potassium was normal on my wellness visit earlier. I am sticking to my afib diet and have not had an event in some time. The plant, fruit, and nut based low carb diet has all but eliminated the constant digestive issues which is a big change. I had a few bouts of palpitations that did not progress to afib. Thats a first for me. I am convinced cutting out all sugar and generally lowering carbs is the answer for me, however, like you, I will stay on a half dose of metoprolol, half dose of eliquis, and keep the propafenone on hand as pill in the pocket. If I remain afib free for 6 months will discuss with my doc getting off some of the meds. I do not believe I have sleep apnea. I am sleeping much more soundly on this diet also. My wife agrees and says I rarely snore or make sounds.
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