Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group

Welcome to the Heart Rhythm Conditions group on Mayo Clinic Connect.
Did you know that the average heart beats 100,000 times a day? Millions of people live with heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) which occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly. Let’s connect with each other; we can share stories and learn about coping with the challenges, and living well with abnormal heart rhythms. I invite you to follow the group. Simply click the +FOLLOW icon on the group landing page.

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@kanaazpereira

Hi @hopeful33250,

This recent paper, published in “Open Heart” journal, reviews the effect of magnesium deficiency on the cardiovascular system. https://openheart.bmj.com/content/5/2/e000775

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@kanaazpereira
Thank you, Kanaaz. Some great information. I need to up my magnesium so that I have some reserves to call on when I become active, especially before exercising. Hmmm, I would never have thought of this on my own. It really does "take a village" or at least a community like Connect!

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@predictable

Hi, Teresa @hopeful33250. I don't take a magnesium supplement product, but rely on a half dozen foods for my daily intake: First, is almond butter for lunch, then oats for breakfast along with yogurt, and dark chocolate for snacks. Other good sources for me are sesame seeds, quinoa, and avacado. I avoid leafy greens for their vitamin K component which conflicts with my Coumadin anticoagulant. Martin

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@predictable
Do you know what your magnesium level is, Martin?

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@hopeful33250

@predictable
Do you know what your magnesium level is, Martin?

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@hopefull33250, Teresa, not off-hand. I'll check it out and put it up here. Martin

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@hopeful33250

@predictable
Do you know what your magnesium level is, Martin?

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Teresa (@hopeful33250), it turns out I haven't had my magnesium lab-tested for a while — not since I was in deep with my nephrologist in late 2012. It wasn't a problem then when it measured 2.1 mg/dl (standard range was 1.6-2.8 mg/dl), and I assume it's OK now with no symptoms. Martin

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@predictable

Teresa (@hopeful33250), it turns out I haven't had my magnesium lab-tested for a while — not since I was in deep with my nephrologist in late 2012. It wasn't a problem then when it measured 2.1 mg/dl (standard range was 1.6-2.8 mg/dl), and I assume it's OK now with no symptoms. Martin

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Martin, I use Magnesium Citrate cuz that is the one the Natropath told me is best absorbed.

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@eileena

Scardycat, I take 4 directly for my heart. CoQ10, Carnitine, D-Ribose and Hawthorne extract. There is one Carnitine that is supposed to be specifically fo your heart, but rich tnow I have Carnital. D-Ribose is a 5 sided sugar specifically for muscles, the heart is a muscle so it is for your heart. Hawthorn is known worldwide for heart failure. Can't explain the other 2, but you can look them up.

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Can’t take Hawthorne when taking beta blocker.

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@scardycat

Can’t take Hawthorne when taking beta blocker.

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scaredy-cat, please enlighten me. I was on carvedilol when I began with the hawthorne. Adding this supplement proved no problem, so please help me understand why I should not have been combining the 2.

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@eileena

scaredy-cat, please enlighten me. I was on carvedilol when I began with the hawthorne. Adding this supplement proved no problem, so please help me understand why I should not have been combining the 2.

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I only research online and it definitely says not to take Hawthorne if you are on beta blockers, so I’ve been researching Hawthorne, so I take metropolol, so I would be afraid of taking the hawthorne.

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@scardycat

I only research online and it definitely says not to take Hawthorne if you are on beta blockers, so I’ve been researching Hawthorne, so I take metropolol, so I would be afraid of taking the hawthorne.

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I on the other hand am afraid of beta blockers. While I was on Cardevelol I had lots of migraines. I had been on Metropolol and the migraines were gone. Can't recall why I was switched, but was. Then the migraines came back. Also, when I tried to wean off the beta blocker I would have the migraines. That was until I slowly weaned off a dose per week decrease. Have not hd a migraine since.

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Hi, I'm Diane (dyannne), 81. I had Afib 10+ years ago and had an ablation, which fixed it for 8-9 years. Had a heart attack last May and was recovering very well, working out at the gym, going 3.6 mph on the treadmill, and then my heart went out of rhythm. Boom. I'm bummed. It's not as bad as it was before. I'm continuing going to the gym lifting weights, doing the machines, but not treadmill. I don't have enough stamina for that.

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@dyannne

Hi, I'm Diane (dyannne), 81. I had Afib 10+ years ago and had an ablation, which fixed it for 8-9 years. Had a heart attack last May and was recovering very well, working out at the gym, going 3.6 mph on the treadmill, and then my heart went out of rhythm. Boom. I'm bummed. It's not as bad as it was before. I'm continuing going to the gym lifting weights, doing the machines, but not treadmill. I don't have enough stamina for that.

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Hi, how do you feel after exercise?

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@grandmar

Hi Loli,

I’ve been living with it for years as well. I’ve had 2 extensive cardiac work ups and other than my heart beating fast, there are no physiological issues. My heart is fine. When I get my BP taken, it is funny to watch the fact of the person taking it. I explain it is normal and that it was looked into twice.
ronnie

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Put on beta blocker to reduce afib, and getting closer to normal heart beats. However, heart rate still in the 90's. Got the result of a thyroid blood test, and it's a bit high. Bring this down by reducing the thyroid hormone will reduce my heart rate. I am moving closer to the sweet spot.

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@healthytoday

Put on beta blocker to reduce afib, and getting closer to normal heart beats. However, heart rate still in the 90's. Got the result of a thyroid blood test, and it's a bit high. Bring this down by reducing the thyroid hormone will reduce my heart rate. I am moving closer to the sweet spot.

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Good for you🙏🏻😊

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@healthytoday

Hi, how do you feel after exercise?

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I feel better! When I first walk in I go for the sit down machines and as I get through them I start feeling stronger. By the time I leave in an hour or so I feel really good. Thanks for the question!

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@scardycat

Good for you🙏🏻😊

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Thank you! Well, I've decided I'm just not gonna let it get me all the way down! And I know I'm getting stronger even with the a-fib. I've actually added some weight to some of the machines since this started. Not a lot of course, but some. And when I leave the gym, I have to walk up two flights of stairs and unbelievably, I'm taking those stairs easier. This is amazing to me.

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