Things to rule out:
1. Vitamin B12 deficiency, which is associated with both, heart papitations and sleep issues.
You would need an MMA test AND CSF Homocysteine test-the latter is
specific to neurological B12 (Methylocobalamin)
2. Pernicious anemia. A rather serious condition that results from the body not being able to absorb vitamin B12.
3. Magnesium (tissue levels) deficiency.
Intracellular Magnesium in healthy cells is 10000 x the amount of Calcium, acting as as a natural Calcium channel blocker, allowing Calcium to enter the cells only for electrical impusle conduction. When tissue Magnesium is low, calcification,
hyper-excitability, prolonged muscle contraction with many consequences
are likely to develop in chronic situations.
Magnesium is also a stress antidote and may play a role in improving sleep
I personally favor Transdermal Magnesium Oil treatments, over oral Magnesium, as it offers superior absorption efficiency, with no adverse effects.
4. Ambien, could also be a factor, in causing palpitations, so you may
want to look at Nonpharmacological treatment options, instead.
If you need suggestions, let me know.
5. To truly rule out low Thyroid function, you must ask for Free T3, Free T4
and reverse T3. If there's no insurance code for reverse T3 (rT3), you might have to pay extra, however, it's money well spent.
The standard tests only indicate serum thyroid levels, NOT Thyroid function!
A low iron status and some of the aforementioned deficiencies could be
associated with low thyroid function.
If you consume one avocado a day, it will improve your cholesterol ratios
and adding more beans in your diet will help you lower LDL levels.
If you have any questions, post again or pm me.
Scott, have you had your mercury levels checked? If you eat much fish, it is quite possible for elevated mercury levels to cause your symptoms. Also, decongestants such as Sudafed, diuretics such as Hydrochlorothiazide, undue stress, low potassium and magnesium. Google "What causes heart palpitations?" and you will find an enormous amount of information.
Instead of a stress test they can put a monster on you for a few days, they tape it on and then you go about your normal life and it would give you a more realistic measure of what's going on. Because unless your having the palpitations at the time of the test nothing will turn up. Both my MOM and DAD have had this done.