1282416 tn?1271439654

Heart Palpitations

Hello. I am a 36 year old female. Back in May 2011 I was told I was Vitamin D insufficient (which explained some symptoms I was having)
After about a week of beginning to take Vitamin D, I started to get heart palpitations. They lasted all day and night for weeks. I finally made a connection so I went off of the D. Within a few days to a week, the heart palps went away. I tested this "theory" 4 different times to be sure. BTW, I have NEVER experienced heart palps in my life.

Anyway, over the last 5 months I cannot find a balance to get rid of these chronic palps.  I have since been getting daily sunshine and supplementing Vitamin D and have added Magnesium....it helps, but I still get the palps EVERY day...in waves sometimes, ALL DAY. I have also experimented with Calcium and Potassium....same thing......seems to help...but then not....I really cannot find a balance here. My bloodwork shows normal levels of everything else (other than D). However, she did not run my Magnesium. So, I am not sure. But, the Mag seems to help the best...should I take more?? My general doctor knows nothing about nutrition and it was actually an Endocrinologist that wanted to check my D and diagnosed me as D deficient. But, I no longer have insurance so I cannot see her anymore.

Anyway, very frustrated and a bit frightened by these constant skips, flutters and light headedness (during episodes only) Should I see a Cardiologist? Should I be worried?? My primary general doctor DID run an ECG (?) and was normal. My BP is normal and below. Resting HR is 62, cholesterol is normal......any insight would be appreciated
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1282416 tn?1271439654
Thank you to you both for your input. You both make perfect sense. But, I tell you I am going crazy with these. I had also read the same thing about Magnesium deficiency after starting Vitamin D therapy which is why I began taking the Magnesium in the first place, but I cannot find the right balance still.
So, do you think I will experience this problem until my Mag is replenished? Or until the D is replenished?? The D is not being replenished very well as of yet.

I actually started using a Magnesium Oil (transdermally) as well as a liquid Cal/Mag/Zinc....in combination, I think it is the best so far. But...I still have the palps pretty bad (everyday) in spikes. And I don't eat dairy or many foods that contain calcium so I thought being an electrolyte that perhaps I was "off" on Calcium as well...so I got the Cal/Mag/Zinc......

I am working up to about 700 mg daily total of combined Mag (oil & oral)....I figure I need a lot more than that as I am still getting these darn things.

It makes me want to just stop the Vitamin D completely...but I know I need to do this :/ *sigh*

I am hoping for the best here and hope I can replenish whatever is causing these soon!! Thank you again!

PS- My doctor knows nothing of nutrition and it is very frustrating that she cannot help me with this other than offer anxiety meds...??? WTH??

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1756321 tn?1547095325
Higher doses of vitamin D leads to a magnesium deficiency or worsens and existing magnesium deficiency state. Studies have shown that when magnesium intake is low, calcium supplementation may reduce magnesium absorption and retention.

Magnesium is also the most important co factor for vitamin D absorption.  All the major minerals  (calcium, potassium & sodium) are dependent on magnesium being present in order to function. The abnormal heart rhythms that can arise due to magnesium deficiency include premature atrial contractions (PAC), premature ventricular contractions (PVC), multifocal atrial tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, fibrillation, and Torsade de Pointes.
Though many reports suggest taking calcium to magnesium in a 2:1 ratio, several researchers now support a 1:1 calcium to magnesium ratio for improved bone support and reduced risk of disease. This is due not only to the increased evidence pointing to widespread magnesium deficiency, but also concerns over the risk of arterial calcification when low magnesium stores are coupled with high calcium intake.
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1807132 tn?1318743597
It is likely you have pvcs/premature ventricular contractions.  Some cells in the lower/ventricle portions of your heart are misfiring and causing your heart to beat a couple times in a row.  Or you could have pacs/premature atrial contractions which is the same thing but an extra beat arising from the atria.  Or you could have sinus tachycardia where your heart starts to beat too fast in general.  Though none of this is life threatening, more of a nuisance than anything else, it would probably be wise to get checked out by a cardiologist just so you know for certain what you are dealing with and to ensure your heart is structurally fine.  So long as your heart is structurally fine then the issues you are having will be of no consequence to your overall health.  Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
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