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Posts (2015)

1 day ago · High Calcium Score in Heart & Blood Health

Hello @mark430,

Living in an age of information-overload, it is so difficult to determine what is safe or real and what is not! I’m not a medical professional and cannot offer medical advice, but as a moderator on Connect I would be remiss if I did not share my concerns about chelation therapy. While there is a legitimate medical use for chelation therapy – as treatment for toxic metal poisoning – it has gained notoriety as a treatment for many other conditions like heart disease, atherosclerosis.

According to Mayo Clinic, "The safety and effectiveness of chelation therapy for heart disease can't be determined, even after a large-scale study was conducted to determine just that. Results of TACT didn't provide enough evidence to support routine use of chelation therapy for heart disease.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/expert-answers/chelation-therapy/faq-20157449

Some important, but overlooked facts from The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health div. of NIH (one of the sponsors of TACT) https://nccih.nih.gov/health/chelation

– Overall, TACT showed that chelation therapy produced only modest reduction in cardiovascular events. However, further examination of the data showed that therapy benefitted only those patients with diabetes. There was no significant benefit of EDTA treatment in participants who didn’t have diabetes.
– Among the patients receiving chelation, 26% went on to have a cardiovascular event, such as death, heart attack or stroke.
– 16% of those receiving chelation and 15% who were receiving the placebo stopped their infusions because of an adverse event. Four of those events were serious; 2 were in the chelation group (1 death) and 2 were in the placebo group (1 death).
– Dept. of Health and Human Services cited several concerns about the study, including that the researchers hadn't followed the rules.
– In 2006, the CDC reported that two children and one adult had died after receiving chelation. They all developed dangerously low calcium levels, which can cause the heart to stop beating.

At the risk of inundating you with more reading, I think this journal article might also interest you:
– Why the NIH Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) Should Be Abandoned https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2438277/

In the constant search for "living our best life” or following popular (often misleading) trends like "natural equals safe,” I myself have given in to the temptations of anecdotal evidence (oh the joys of non-diet related weight loss supplements:) – rather than waiting for tedious, sometimes inconclusive, but often factually correct clinical evidence. So when considering complementary or alternative treatments, it is best to be be open-minded yet skeptical–making treatment decisions based on poor-quality scientific data can be dangerous, especially when it concerns heart disease.

@mark430, I will continue to research this topic to provide resources, and I’m so glad to read that you will consult your cardiologist about chelation. I’m tagging Mentors @hopeful33250 and @predictable and fellow members @thankful @mdemoI @surf362 , and look forward to hearing more from you.

1 day ago · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer

Many of you know her as @merpreb or Merry, Volunteer Mentor. To survive lung cancer (twice) is one thing, but to live through it, to share your experience and support others, is another. Read about Merry’s journey with multifocal adenocarcinoma of the lung, on Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Network (MCSMN) blog, "Experts by Experience."

– Stopped in My Tracks – Experts by Experience https://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/2019/04/19/stopped-in-my-tracks-experts-by-experience/

1 day ago · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

Many of you know her as @merpreb or Merry, Volunteer Mentor. To survive lung cancer (twice) is one thing, but to live through it, to share your experience and support others, is another. Read about Merry’s journey with multifocal adenocarcinoma of the lung, on Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Network (MCSMN) blog, "Experts by Experience."

– Stopped in My Tracks – Experts by Experience https://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/2019/04/19/stopped-in-my-tracks-experts-by-experience/

2 days ago · Magnesium and heart rhythm problems in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi @sophieshor,

Welcome to Connect. You might be interested in viewing this discussion about low blood pressure, where @karenatmayo @mzhp1988 @michelecallahan have shared their experiences:


May I ask if you could share a bit more about yourself – are you concerned about your magnesium levels?

2 days ago · Chronic bowel problems, Magnesium and Side effects in Digestive Health

Hi @ellamster,

Magnesium is one of the more abundant minerals in the body, which reflects its importance. Studies have shown that your pulse/heart rate is impacted by the amount of magnesium in your body, and deficiency can result in arrhythmias. It plays a role in hundreds of chemical reactions, many of them having to do with changing food into energy. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/magnesium-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/drg-20070730

However, as @hopeful33250 mentioned, you are taking a rather high dose. The recommended daily allowance of magnesium for adults is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men. The upper intake level from supplements is 350 mg per day, and excess intake of supplemental magnesium may result in toxicity with symptoms like lethargy, confusion, abnormal cardiac rhythm, muscle weakness.

Here’s a fact sheet from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) which notes:
"Very large doses of magnesium-containing laxatives and antacids (typically providing more than 5,000 mg/day magnesium) have been associated with magnesium toxicity. Symptoms of magnesium toxicity, which usually develop after serum concentrations exceed 1.74–2.61 mmol/L, can include hypotension, nausea, vomiting, facial flushing, retention of urine, ileus, depression, and lethargy before progressing to muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, extreme hypotension, irregular heartbeat, and cardiac arrest. The risk of magnesium toxicity increases with impaired renal function or kidney failure because the ability to remove excess magnesium is reduced or lost.” https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/#h8

I’m tagging @personalhell @sue225 @irenec @tiss as they may be able to share their experiences with you.

2 days ago · Gallbladder surgery in Digestive Health

Hello @bship63 @eeklady @snoel, and members in this discussion,

You might be also be interested in viewing these conversations on Connect, where @msb18 @christina315 @jelmo @woodsiechris @psepski and others are talking about similar symptoms related to the gallbladder:
– Post cholesectomy (gallbladder removal) chronic back pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/post-cholesectomy-gallbladder-removal-chronic-back-pain/
– Sphincter of Oddi Dysfuncfion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-sphincter-of-oddi-dysfuncfion-it-causes-severe-upper-abdominal-pain/

6 days ago · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

Hi @kenny48,

As you mentioned, Rooibos tea—also known as red bush tea or African red tea—is an herbal tea made with the leaves of Aspalathus linearis plant.
This plant is native to South Africa and like most teas, contains high levels of polyphenols that are thought to provide an array of health benefits. There are two many types of rooibos tea: red rooibos tea is oxidized and tastes similar to black and oolong tea; green rooibos is unoxidized and tastes more like green tea. Here are two articles I found, about Roobois tea and it’s interaction with medication:



I realize you’ve only recently moved to Germany, but it would be best to consult a doctor about this. Would it be possible to order decaf. tea online?

Sat, Apr 13 3:27pm · Heart problems, unknown cause in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi @deepakkumar,

I’m so glad you’ve joined Connect and ‘connected’ with incredible fellow-members – thanks @nene22 @danab @afrobin for your insights and suggestions. Deepak, might I also suggest you look into another form of tachycardia known as SVT – supra ventricular tachycardia? Episodes of SVT can be triggered by exercise, stress, gastrointestinal problems like nausea, vomiting, medications, caffeine, but most of the time it can occur for no particular reason at all. Basically, SVTs reflect and abnormal or extra electrical connection in the heart.


I’ve had SVTs ever since I can remember, and I know how debilitating these episodes can get! A few years ago, I had a cardiac ablation procedure, (which “resets” the heart’s electrical circuit), as my episodes were getting prolonged, occurred too often, and I couldn’t stop the fast heart rate with any of the vagal maneuvers. In my case, my heart rate was 210 beats per minute! Most people experience an improvement after SVT ablation, but there’s a fair chance that palpitations may return – as they have in my case – and the procedure can be repeated. But, here I am, and so far so good for the both of us, I should say:)
Fortunately, SVT is rarely life-threatening, yet if your heart races for more than a few minutes, or if you start experiencing chest pain, you should go to the emergency room.

I’m tagging @ronbyrd @sue225 @ajmario @ktcrosswalk1 @jigglejaws94 @loli @cheris @martishka @texas7777 @mikeyp @hilly2016 @anniegk Mentor @predictable and you may also wish to view these discussions on Connect:
– Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (PSVT) and Running https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/supra-ventricular-tachycardia-psvt-and-running/
– Feeling Skipped Beats, Palpitations: What could this possibly be? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-could-this-possibly-be/
– New and totally lost https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/new-and-totally-lost/

@deepakkumar, how often do the episodes occur? Do you know if any family member has a history of tachycardia?