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Palpitations and Potassium

Posted By Craig on August 03, 1998 at 22:54:52:







Eight years ago I had my first bout of constant (every 2 or 3rd beat) palpitations.  I went to the emergency room and they indicated it was nothing to worry about, just "early" beats.  
Although single palpitations seem to happen daily, the "constant" incidents only happen 2 or 3 times a year, and usually last 1-3 hours.
The last few times I have tried to identify anything which might have triggered these incidents.  Let me say up front that caffiene and tobacco are parts of my daily routine.  But I am curious what role, if any, potassium plays in these incidents.  During each of my last 3 "attacks", I have consumed large amounts of foods containing potassium. Namely corn (in the popped form) and bananas (>6).  I have read that potassium plays some sort of role in the electrical aspects of the heart rythm, and was just curious.
Thanks for providing this valuable resource.  I realize that you are asked the same questions many times and always answer with considerable grace and knowledge.

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