Heart Palpitations: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

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Posted by Kenneth (Midwest) on 12/15/2018
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I had heart palpitations, and took a homeopathic preparation, on the 1st dose, the palpitations stopped in less than a minute...mag/phos was the name of the preparation.

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Posted by Qamrul A. Khanson (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) on 12/08/2009
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A palpitation is an abnormality of heartbeat that causes a conscious awareness of its beating, whether it is too slow, too fast, irregular, or missing in between at its normal frequency. I have been a heart patient for the last ten years and I felt worst from my palpitation.

Every fifth beat of my heart went missing and I felt a noisy gear like sound in my heart. The feeling was anxiety but no pain. I went to ER, blood analysis and ECG were perfect except my Magnesium was a bit low. Doctor attending me gave me a sip of Magnesium solution. I came back home hale and hearty.

The next day, I again noticed the palpitation, this time 15th beat was missing. I went to gym and did my regular yoga, cardio and light weight exercise. The palpitation was gone. Mind you I had not exercised due to flue like symptoms earlier. Since then, I keep Magnesium level to normal, keep exercising and eating less than what I use to eat earlier. I am better and have not felt palpitation yet.

I think controlling the amount and quality of food is key to solve the problem. Always eat and fill 1/3 rd of your stomach. Keep 1/3rd for water and 1/3rd should remain empty. You will live for a long time.

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Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 02/10/2016
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My Racing Heart - Valentine's Day is coming, so I thought I would share a remedy or three for my racing heart. When I climb the steps, and almost every time, After I eat, heart palpitations pay me a visit. It is not like I wasn't two-hundred and twenty pounds before with my five feet four inches of height. And when I was this size before, I did not have palpitations, so I hardly believe it's all a weight problem.

When I was just a child playing in the yard, the racing heart would happen to me now and then. I do not recall palpitations in my teen years, nor in my working years (an exception may be when on a seven day dry fast, I later learned to do those with water, and ten years older than that with water and a little juice).

Now in my sixties heart palpitations have become like a lurking enemy. One day, after a hard day out in the field trying to do some good in the world, I decided I wanted to eat something on the way home. However, I forgot to carry spare magnesium, this and prayer helps me to slow down the heart palpitations. I started to go on home, which was about an hour and a half away. Then I remembered Orange Juice. I bought a small bottle of orange juice, I made sure they listed that potassium was in it, this had rescued my racing heart before.

I know I must choose my food wisely, and I am still working on this. I drank a few sips of orange juice before I ate, and the another ¼ of the small bottle of the orange juice afterwards.

Thank God for Orange Juice. I was able to find something at the corner store to help me safely eat my meal without having a heart attack. I am sure I should probably visit the good doctor; there are still a lot of good doctors. I just do not like going to the clinic or hospital. Therefore, in the meanwhile, I am using prayer, magnesium and potassium to mend my racing heart. I hope this helps your heart too.


Replied by Beth

Hi Jewel...same thing for me years ago...was diagnosed as having PAD (peripheral artery disease)...turned out( years later) it was a large HIATAL HERNIA...the pressure causes the stomach to press onto the vagas nerve ...causing the PALPS, ......Havent had them in years....Must eat smaller amts...take digestive ENZs with every meal and never lie down after eating, , , I eat main meal by 2 pm and have fruit usually an apple.in slices and hot tea at 6pm...am 78 yrs old...on NO MEDS! Blessings, Beth

Replied by Hisjewel
(America, New York)

Thanks for responding Beth!

This is very helpful. I have never heard of a Hernia causing heart palpitations before.

Replied by Jen

Beth, my mom has heart palpitations and hiatal hernia. I'm thinking that has something to do with the palpitations. But now I'm getting them! I used to get them as a teen and then they went away. Now I'm 43 and started getting them after my meals or in the morning. It's so exhausting and the only thing that helps is lying down. I'm wondering if I might have hiatal hernia also?


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Posted by Hilary (Va) on 11/21/2017
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Molasses works great for my heart palpitations. But I am convinced there is more to it than just the potassium. I eat a healthy diet, take vitamin supplements and drink coconut water, which is higher in potassium than molasses. But during one particularly bad day of many lengthy atrial fib episodes (and 2 glasses of coconut water), I tried 1Tbs of molasses in hot water. Before I was finished with the cup, my a-fib was gone. I will continue taking the molasses every day. It's far better than what my cardiologist wants me to do.

Replied by Shante
(Jackson, Ms)

I have a leaking pulmonary valve and my palpitations are going hay wire to the point I am very scared. Is there anything I can take?

Steve Andrews

Hi, Shante. I'm an experienced Echo Technologist x35 years exp. Pulmonary valve regurgitation, (leaky pulmonary valve) is normal on everyone - this is not likely the cause of your problems.

Replied by Steve

Natural calm magnesium will help with the palpitations.

Replied by Hisjewel

Hi Shante from Jackson MS,

if you have not already, replace all your drinks with water, for about a week and see the difference. instead of coffee or tea have a hot cup of water. Water. water, water. When someone ask what you want to drink say "Water please". No caffeine at all. it made a big difference for me after only two days. just water and food and that little change can make a big difference.

You may get a withdrawal headache, but each day it should be lighter.


Replied by Mp In Pc
(Plant City Fl)

I think it is the mix of the minerals in Black Strap Molasses. It even has copper. I have been having Heart Palps, too. Last night in desperation, I drank ACV with Baking Soda...best night I have had in a week. Then I got up this morning and had a tablespoon of BSM. Feeling pretty good now! Heart palpitations are just the worst.

Replied by Cheryl
(Pensacola, FL)

It's the iron in the molasses that's helping most likely.

Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 10/04/2016
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Greetings to All,

Blackstrap Molasses is awesome in potassium which helps to calm heart palpitations. I use the un-sulfured blackstrap Molasses. One tablespoon is all you need. Straight from the spoon is mighty tasty, or you can mix it in water, or other food like oat-meal. The company I buy from has 320 mgs of potassium in one tablespoon of un-sulfured Blackstrap Molasses.

Posted by Car5902 (Prospect, Ky) on 11/16/2014
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Oh my goodness, I have been suffering from palpitations for years! I was on propranolol 20 mg qd PRN which helped but I was sick of taking meds. I decided to look up natural remedies after I quit meds and continued in agony with palpitations. I tries BSM today and am amazed at the instant results. I couldn't be happier! Thank you so much!

Replied by Kenny
(San Antonio, Texas)

What do you mix it with, and how do you take it?

Replied by Kathy

Just making sure I didn't miss what BSM stands for, is that the baking soda and molasses mixture? Or is it a separate remedy from a former conversation? Needing help with palpatations also.

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses

Replied by Marcin
(Toronto, Canada)

I just read that Chinese Medicine uses licorice/liquorice for heart palpitations. You might want to look it up.

Posted by Tosin (Lagos/Nigeria) on 07/19/2013

Pls l am having palpitation for over one yr all medication proved abortive. Pls what is molasses and how can I get it.

Replied by Rachel

Hi, molasses is a food product made from sorghum I believe. It can be found in most grocery stores.

Replied by Eliza P.
(Zamboanga City, Philippines)

I got heart palpitations Aug 19 this yr I admit for 3days in hospital I have med take till now for kind but when I take that med I feel weak. I am 41yrs old med I take vastarel, platexan, co q10, carvedilol so pls help me what remedies to take me d.if ever I get heart palp.just to stop palpited

I want to stop take this med.I just take if ever got pappited

Posted by Kellie (Frisco, Tx, Usa) on 03/10/2010
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Heart Palpitations, Molasses

Having discovered the site in Jan and using Earth Clinic to cure my chronic sinus infections, I checked opinions for heart palpitations. Ever since going on a lot of medications 1 yr ago for my allergies (which I never had prior to 1 yr ago), about 6 months ago my heart would skip beats. It was very very scary! It usually occurred in the afternoon or evening. I dealt with it for 6 months and then looked up cures on Earth Clinic. I immediately used what I had and tried Ted's solution of baking soda and lemon juice (1/4 tea soda and 5TB lemon juice in a large glass of water). 30 minutes later they seemed better, but I was still having them. The next day I bought some Organic Black Strap Molasses. That night the palpitations started again and I drank another glass of lemon/baking soda and 2 TB Molasses. 15 minutes later they were gone!! I have been so scared for 6 months and such a simple solution solved my problem! I did not have another palpitation for a week! Then I had a few and immediately got out the molasses. 2 TB later and they were gone for a week. I just took another 2 TB tonight, which is my 3rd week. I notice each time they come back they don't occur as frequently or seem as dramatic. Each episode is less severe. The molasses is a simple/easy solution and I can't thank Earth Clinic enough for this great forum and the people who contribute!!! THANK YOU!!!

Replied by Aw
(New City, New York)

Does this drink really work? I have blackstrap molasses, baking soda and lemon. Does this stop your palps? If so, how? Is the acid/alkaline balance really behind the reason for, or at least an antagonist, the palps? Why would the molasses work, because of the copper content? I have read where a-fib people are low in copper and this helps them. I've been told by a doc that I needed more copper. Is a copper deficiency perhaps a cause? I'm also curious about learning more about iodine. Another scary element that we are all deficient in. Just a note, I never started getting palps (though they said I had WPW since the day I was born) until I was living on the zero carb high protein diet for years. I was pretty acidic. Any insight would help. Thanks, AW

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Kellie... What can generally cause heart arrythmia and tachycardia problems can be an imbalance of certain electrolytes as well as lack of iodine. Therefore calcium, potassium and magnesium all will have an effect on your heartbeat since these three minerals are so important for the nerves and muscle. Calcium is usually found in excess in our diets, whereas both magnesium and potassium are usually defficient. Magnesium itself is the guvenor or balancer of calcium and potassium minerals within our cells.

Iodine/iodide is also deficient in our diets and is another element that can effect our hearts. I've been finding my own level of iodine -- and for me this has worked out to between 2-4 drops Lugol's per day. But I have taken up to 50 mgs per day to get my iodine levels up quickly. I now take far more(over a 100 times more) on a daily basis than the RDA of 150 micrograms recommended for iodine intake. In the most current independent reasearch on iodine -- The Iodine Project -- they have successfully used between 50 - 100 mgs daily intake of iodine for acute diseases like fibrocystic breast disease and upwards of 150 mgs for chronic diseases like breast or prostate cancer. Having experimented myself with Lugol's Iodine, I now regard iodine as extremely body friendly - even in large amounts. In my own research on iodine, I also found that the Japanese have a daily iodine intake of at least 13. 8 mgs per day through eating alot of seaweed with every meal. The Japanese also have some of the lowest incidence of breast, prostate, uterine and lung cancer because of this fact -- this can only because of their relatively high (as compared to the US RDA) iodine intake.

I had heart arrythmia, and just took magnesium gluconate or magnesium chloride everyday -- 400 mgms -- plus I also used a small garden flower sprayer with 2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) dissolved in water -- I just sprayed my torso with it after showers and absorbed the magnesium that way transdermally. This got rid of my arrythmia problems fairly quickly. At the time, I was also taking Ted's lemon/lime and BS alkalizing remedy and using natural sea salt, so I was getting enough potassium everyday. My problem was lack of both magnesium and iodine in my diet.

Replied by Tx Kel
(Frisco, Tx, Usa)

AW and Bill, Sorry it took so long to reply. I forgot about my account. AW... Yes I still use BS Molasses for my heart skipping. I've tried vitamins and other supliments, trying to guess which supliment I'm missing. Finally I gave up. It's so cheap and easy to just swallow 1 TB of BS Molasses a couple times a week. I notice I need it more around cold season or when I'm stressed. I'm sure my body uses more of whatever I'm missing at that time. Hope it works for you..

Replied by Andrew

Hi, I had the same problem in January 2016. I had quiet a bit of stress and I loaded my stomach the night before with a bowl of sauerkraut and a full dinner. I woke up in the morning, ate breakfast and worried about a few things, and then bent forward to pick something up from the floor, and it started. At that time I fainted. I think it was because I called the ambulance and they told me to walk to a nearby clinic as it would be faster to get help. My pulse then was extremely fast and I felt flutter in my chest. When I got to the clinic with an already fast pulse I realized that, I had to climb up stairs to the second floor. When I got upstairs I fainted. Then they did ECG and it was a little abnormal. They gave me propranolol and aspirin. When the paramedics came to take me to hospital and they tested me again in the ambulance, the ECG was normal. At the hospital it was also normal. And, all my tests came back normal. I think it was a crazy idea to exert myself and climb those stairs with an already fast pulse with palpitations. Sometimes, I also feel this flutter in my throat pit.

The first time I ever got this problem was 3 years ago, when I was on a 6 week fast with with no other food but non-starchy vegetable and fruit. It could have been an electrolyte imbalance. I called the ambulance and they told me to call again in half an hour as all the ambulances were on call :) The palpitation lasted almost 2 hours. It alternated with muscle twitches in my legs. I remembered about a folk treatment with a tsp of honey. I took it and it slowly abated within approx 20 minutes. I did not go to hospital at that time as it stopped after the honey.

I also have this indigestion problem with acid and sometimes food reflux, which could be contributing to my problem if not causing it. Homeopathic Arsenicum 3C, 3 drops twice daily is a great help for that.

One interesting thing for people with atrial regurgitation is to check for the presence of helicobacter pylori. It has been shown to be causing the episodes.

To stop my palpitations and fast pulse episodes, I take homeopathic Crataegus tincture 10 drops on tongue twice daily and Lachesis mutrus 200,4 pills on alternate morning and Coffea cruda 200 SOS for stress. Then when the scary palpitations happen I just take the Crataegus 10 drops and repeat if necessary after 15 minutes, I also take a tsp of honey, and it seems to work. The next episodes if they happen are shorter and milder.

I also noticed that if I drink a lot of water and I pass water too often then the episodes may recur. So, I drink a glass of tomato juice 100% to replace the potassium and I'm safe. Sometimes, I drik two glasses daily or eat beans with tomato paste concentrate. In 100g of tomato concentrate there is approx 1000 mg of potassium. I also eat dried peaches, figs, green beets etc. What is also good for the heart is to eat regularly pumpkin seeds which contain a lot of magnesium. Replacing table salt with Himalayan or Celtic salt is also a good idea as well as drinking up to 10 glasses of water daily.

Posted by Judy (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 11/06/2008
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I just turned 41 & have started feeling the grips of hormonal changes along with having a history of huge fibroids. I had 5 lbs of fibroids removed last yr in a robotic surgery that went terrifically & preserved my fertility :) I still want to have children & decided to take a natural, active involvement in my health. I have always worked out religiously since I was 15 so I've been in great shape & been able to tolerate the pain of those fibroids. But at age 41 I was finding that I no longer could run on the junk food that I liked to eat & was lacking energy along with not having a normal cycle. I wanted so much to have a normal cycle without the complications of a birth control pill. ACV gave me that :) But I was also dealing with more heart palpitations that I just couldn't control with my diet & vitamin taking. Yesterday, it was really getting in my way of life so I ran out & got the molasses. And I'm so happy to report that it made those nasty heart palpitations go away, gave me energy to go play tennis that evening ( in fact, I was burning the court with my energetic plays) & is helping my chronic constipation. I've gone to the bathroom 3 times since last evening to this morning and that's simply wonderful!!! I urge everyone to try ACV & molasses ~ they are TERRIFIC!!!!

Replied by isa
(west hartford , ci)

what does bsm stand for?

EC: BSM = blackstrap molasses

Posted by Wilma (Murrieta, CA) on 03/11/2008
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I am 37, and my Grandfather used to give me BSM when I was younger. I have returned to using it since I have heart paplpitations and dizziness due to very low iron. I feel much better, and as one reader stated "the moons are back in her fingernails" so are mine.

I also drink Tonic Water around the cold/flu season to divert an oncoming cold.

Posted by A.C. (West Midlands, England, United Kingdom) on 03/11/2008
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I've been taking a tablespoon of BSM daily for Heart Palpitations (which worked by the way). When cutting my nails yesterday, I noticed that the white, half moons at the base of my nails (I've forgotten the name for these) reduced in size by half within one week! I'm completely amazed! I heard these were due to mineral deficiency but I'd been taking supplements and had just given up. Thanks Earth Clinic!

Posted by Renee (El Dorado, Kansas) on 07/02/2007
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Just finished my second "normal" period thanks to BSM. Fairly certain that any fibroids are reducing in size as the pressure I've been feeling in a couple of places is now much less... but still there somewhat. Plus, 99% reduction in heart palpatations - and they were bad ones, very scarey.

Replied by Bella
(Scottsdale, Az, USA)

I have the same problem with palpitations at night. I will try the sourgum and mollasses.

I also wanted to mention that all the soy here in this country is genetically modified. In fact, Japanese parents who have kids here going to college send them soy from Japan. They will not allow them to have the soy grow here because of the way we grow it. It also is not supposed to be good for women. It supposedly causes breast tumors and other female related tumors. I would investigate that if I were thinking of eating more soy. When I went on the LA weight loss diet several years ago(their diet is very heavy on soy products,) I developed nodules on my thyroid. It causes man boobs to. Thanks for the info.

Back to the palpitations. When you wake up at night, with them, what do you take and how quickly does it work? I'm pretty weirded out when it happens and I've been taking xanax an additional O.O5 when it happens. I've been trying to get off the xanax.


Posted by Renee (El Dorado, Kansas) on 06/07/2007
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I too found Molasses an instant treatment for my heart problem. Every night my heart has a delayed beat (confirmed with overnight monitor) but doctor gave me no treatment beyond giving up caffiene. While that helps, it doesn't totally eliminate it and I admit no caffiene is difficult for me.

After the first day of 2 Tbls Molasses, I sleep through the night with no problems. And this is such a relief as it really is extremely scarey to awaken to no heart beat, over and over and over.

Replied by Myke

I also had occasional heart palps before pregnancy and at 36 weeks I developed psvt and had to take metoprolol and I stopped taking it after the baby was born, but magnesium and potassium increase did not help, only the beta blockers. I am 4 weeks post partum and have not had an abnormally fast resting heart rate so far. Hopefully it stays that way. I have had some occasional palps again though.

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Posted by Extex77 (Corpus Christi, Tx) on 02/12/2015
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I have had palpitations for about 6 or 7 years now. During my pregnancy I had several tachycardic episodes where my heart would race for 2 or 3 minutes then stop. I have been trying everything I have read about on this site (BSM, pedialyte, mag/pot, B50, CoQ10, iodine, fish oil) and the palpitations continue. How long do these "remedies" take to work? I also wonder...does anyone feel like this could be a hormonal thing vs. a low in this vitamin or that vitamin? (Palps are 10x's worse before that time of the month) I am truly at my wits end with this stuff. Just want something to work for me. Hate feeling anxious about this :(

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Extex77,

I think it could be hormonal. If it is, Motherwort tincture may be the solution for you.

Motherwort is used for a variety of heart related issues. (To lower blood pressure, to help with fast heartbeat) and is also used to treat hormonal issues (post-partum depression, hot flashes, etc.)

Motherwort is sometimes combined with Hawthorne. Hawthorne berries are often used for heart problems. My husband has had success with it helping Ventricular Arrythmia. (He combined Hawthorne with Ginger and Cayenne.)

I would suggest a tincture or tea over capsules. A tincture would be easiest. You could follow the instructions on the bottle, or start with half and work up to the what the bottle recommends. Then see how you feel.

I am hopeful this would help you. Please let us know how it goes.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by L B
(Los Angeles . California)

Dear extex77 , , please try Olive oil extra virgin if you wish..whatever ..I take 1-2 tablespoons and they stop my heart palpitations.. I usually get them when I drink wine especially red wine can cause heart palpitations... Xoxo

Replied by Audrey

I was told my palpitations were due to lack of estrogen - so dealing with remedies for this x

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Posted by Sil (Greenacres, Florida) on 09/11/2011

Hi To everyone, I do understand how hard is dealing with this I had taquicardia couple years ago and from there everytime I fell my heart running I get so scaried about what is going to happend to me. I did pass for the same of you guys lot of doctors and test and they keep saying my heart is in an excellent condition and need exercise. What I can say 100% sure lot of times this symptoms coming from anxiety or stomach. My stomach is so sensible I can't spice food, caffeine, nothing so acid, and a banana a day is so helpfull for me. Coffee dicaf and tea dicaf, 0 strees Life is so beautifull to live everyday dealing with problems, in every bad thing is always something positive try to think in this way!!! Helps me a lot.

Also when I start feeling my stomach funny I take a teaspoon with baking powder in a cup of water and works so good. Everybody is different wish we can have an answer that can fix everyone problems but I believe if you start study your own body and all reactions to what you eat everyday and take less problems will be an excellent solution.

Hope this can help someone!!! Take care and remember in every bad thing is always something positive!!!

Replied by Brian
(Brisbane, Qld Australia)
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I havnt had a-fib (heart palpations) for about 6 months now after being hospitalized about 8 times. I stopped taking warfarin and blood thinners without my doctors consent and started eating healthy and taking supplements. I now can eat anything since leaving out the rat poison (warfarin) Let me tell you what I eat and what supplements I take. Breakfast consists of oat bran, oatmeal, flaxseed, mixed nuts, cocoa powder, black berries, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, mixed with milk of your choice. Supplements include coq10, magnesium, chromium picolinate, resveratrol. I don't know what cured my A-fib but I will carry on with what I'm doing. I also have arthritis and diabetes. My arthritis has disappeared I no longer take cellebrex. My sugar levels are under control. I feel so good and healthy. I also believe Apple Cider Vinegar is good for heart palpations which I was taking but stopped, will start again. I wonder if anybody out there can recognize what has cured my palpations. I do know that the turmeric and cinnamon cured my arthritis. I've given up the idea about commiting suicide. Hope this helps someone, since I know how bad a-fib can be. Life's good now.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Brian, heart palpitations are listed as a magnesium deficiency so maybe it was the magnesium you are taking. The magnesium also will help with arthritis and even blood sugar levels as well. Magnesium also is good for depression.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)

Hi Brian - I would guess that you have built up your health to the degree that the heart palps you were having just went away. Good on you!

If I were to guess on what was the most valuable to you for making it so I would guess it was the magnesium. Not to say it might not have been something entirely different, but I am a firm believer in Mg.

Also - I would look into taking 3mg of boron (good for bones and some arthritis) a day as well if I were you, and maybe something for added potassium. All these things along with D-3 work in unison. Google them if interested.

Glad you have found the answer to your issue, and that you feel like sticking around on this lovely planet for a while longer! ;-)

Best! ~ Carly

Replied by Jessica
(Ridgecrest, Ca)

I had PVCs from MVP (preventricular contractions from mitral valve prolapse... messed up heart contractions) all my life until I started taking very large doses of Magnesium.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)

Thank you for taking the time to share this Jessica!

It truly amazes me that doctors don't know to try magnesium on their heart palp patients.

I went in with the dreaded heart palps years ago and was put on the holter (spelling probably wrong there) monitor. More money in that than telling me to try a five dollar bottle of Mg I am willing to wager.

The "health" care system in this country is really just "dis-ease" management. Shove a pill at 'em and get 'em out the door asap. (my opinion).

Thank GOD for this website!

~Carly :-)

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