Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant and author of Brain Training for Dogs.
In this article, I talk about my struggle with an irregular heartbeat that I was eventually able to manage using a potassium and magnesium supplement as well as mother wort and hawthorn extracts.
This article is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician before starting any kind of treatment.
How It All Started the First Time
One evening, out of the blue, I was sitting in my living room quietly reading one of my favorite books and suddenly I felt my heart thump a bit stronger than usual. This was followed by a brief pause as if it had skipped a beat. I was quite used to these occasional episodes and did not think much of them, since they usually went away on their own, only coming back to pay me a visit every now and then.
The good thing is that these episodes were quite short lived, lasting just for a second or two. However, in the back of my mind, sometimes I wondered what would happen if these occasional episodes lasted for a whole day.
After all, I used to have muscle spasms in my upper eyelid lasting for days. I attributed these to stress or excessive strain on my eyes. I wondered if the same thing could happen to my heart since it was also a muscle. I did not have to wait long for an answer, though I was not really eager to find out . . .
By a weird twist of fate, that thumping followed by the sensation of a skipped heart beat continued throughout the evening that day and had me quite worried. I started questioning myself:
- Am I particularly stressed?
- Did I eat anything with caffeine?
- Am I eating well?
As I questioned myself, I remembered that I had eaten some dark chocolate which contains caffeine, a substance to which I have always been quite sensitive, but to which I had never had any similar consequences. So I started cutting down on chocolate, cocoa and anything with caffeine.
At the same time, I thought I was perhaps a bit stressed from a recent move from one state to another. Yet, I have a history of being quite stoic when it came to moving since I'd done it often. However, I left this as a possibility and tried to get as much sleep as possible and try to relax.
The truth was that t was hard to relax knowing that the most important muscle of my body was beating erratically and that this behavior could be a sign that something in my body was seriously wrong. I did some research and came up with two outcomes: it could be something serious, but it could also be nothing to worry about. This was not very encouraging news, since it didn't really provide me with more information about my specific case.
I spent three days dealing with the issue. I cut back on caffeine and relaxed as much as I could and then one morning I woke up without them. I was incredibly happy. I no longer needed to see my doctor and worry about it. I was a bit cautious the first day, sort of examining my heart every now and then, but each time I was happy to notice that odd heartbeats were gone. This was at the end of summer.
An Unexpected Comeback: A Turn for the Worst
I had gone a whole three months with no skipped heart beats and was living a normal life. Then one day, I was watching a movie and sucking on a coffee-filled candy. As the sugar coating melted, drops of coffee released into my mouth — its flavor was rich and intense.
Later in the midst of the movie came that familiar sensation again, the thumping and the sensation of a skipped heart beat. I anxiously waited for it to go away after a few seconds but it did not. It lasted for hours, days, weeks, and to my terror, months.
I really was not eager to see a doctor. I was afraid something was wrong and was reluctant to have an electrocardiogram done. I kept telling myself, ''If I am still alive, this must not be something major." Yet I still imagined my heart doing this strenuous work and giving up on me one day.
My reasoning was: ''How can a muscle stand so much work? If I overworked my fingers, hands, and arms, would these muscles withstand so much? How can a heart which is also a muscle withstand so much? The erratic heartbeats, after all, were non-stop. I seriously thought they were taking place in my sleep as well.
On the other hand, a reassuring voice was telling me that the heart, after all, is a different muscle. It is built to beat our entire lives. No other muscles do as much, so what is the big deal if it just thumps a little harder each time?
For some reason, the erratic heart beats were especially severe at night. I had yet to understand if this was due to the fact that one hears the heart more laying down, or if it is just so silent that it becomes more evident and easier to concentrate on it? I think it was a combination of the two.
Laying down, I could almost hear my heart beating in my ears. In some positions, by laying my head on my arm I could even feel my pulse, with the all-too-familiar familiar skipped beats. The silence of the room and the lack of distractions made me focus on the heart beat. It was just me: my heartbeat and I. The night must be pain's best friend. In my case, at night I always seemed to feel pain's heavy presence seeping through the walls.
Daytime was much better. At times, I had to question if my heart beats were still erratic. Talking with people, walking my dogs, gardening, and cooking, all kept my mind away. It was when I was sitting still reading, watching TV, or using the computer that my beats came over as if to say ''Knock knock, who's there'?"
Then one night, the beats were so strong, I could not sleep. It was real, it was as if they were keeping me awake. At times, exhausted, I questioned whether it was just a bad dream, but it was not. I was tossing and turning and wide awake. At some moments I was sweating cold, wondering if it was time to go to the emergency room. But just the thought kept my body sort of frozen. I did not even have the courage to express my concern to my husband sleeping heavily besides me. I was scared of my own words, scared of admitting something may have been wrong.
I survived that night, wondering if I really experienced something major or if it was just the fruit of my imagination. Afterwards, I spent the whole day reading and learning as much as I could about these heart beats.
Evaluating Seriousness of Skipped Heart Beats
I really did not learn anything new on several medical websites. According to Health.com,
''A heartbeat that is occasionally irregular usually is not a concern if it does not cause other symptoms, such as dizziness, lightheadedness or shortness of breath''.
The word that worried me here was ''occasionally." This no longer applied to me. My arrhythmias were always there, just like an eerie shadow following you everywhere. I never really felt lightheaded or dizzy, but one thing was for sure, those heartbeats were surely annoying.
The website continued noting how smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, taking stimulants such as diet pills or cough and cold medicines, being under stress or in pain, having a fever or other illness, taking certain supplements or even being pregnant could make people prone to palpitations or skipped heart beats.
But none of the above applied to me either. I had stopped enjoying chocolate (something I used to eat on a daily basis). I was no longer in stress, other than dealing with the issue. I was not in pain. I did not have a fever. I did not take herbal supplements. I did not take diet pills. And of course, I knew I was not pregnant, so why in the world did I have those annoying arrhythmias?
I think that any person of sound mind by now should have gone to see a doctor. Not seeing one was my choice, but I strongly recommend that you see one even though a heart murmur may sound like something benign. The heart is something that deserves attention, and even if it turns out to be nothing, the peace of mind is really priceless.
As I was engaging in auto-diagnosing myself, the word ''idiopathic'' crossed my mind. It is a term I had learned working at a veterinary hospital, which popped up now and then when vets could not figure out what was causing an illness. It is an elegant word that simply means: ''We have no idea what is causing this." So yes, I had an ''idiopathic arrhythmia." It sounded somewhat professional indeed.
An interesting Breakthrough . . .
Then one day I stumbled upon a forum. I am not really a fan of forums but somehow a search query result landed me in a forum where people were discussing medical issues. Among the medical issues that people were discussing were skipped heart beats. I was no longer alone!
Just as me, they were bothered by the annoying sensation. Many accepted them as a lifelong companion, and some had had them for years! This really surprised me, but also added a note of sadness. Many confessed their doctors had told them they were benign and that they just had to just live with them. This was a hard pill to swallow. How could I live with this all my life?
Then somewhere, somebody claimed that every time he ate bananas, the heart arrhythmia seemed to lessen. Well why not give it a try? The yellow fruit is cheap. It is available in most stores, and it's tasty too. Other forum members also claimed that bananas appeared to help them out. So I marked bananas down on my grocery list.
I eagerly stopped by my grocery store but was afraid of getting my hopes up. After all, I had tried so much! I stopped eating chocolate, tried sleeping more, drank chamomile tea, exercised more and tried to keep my mind off the heart beats as much as possible. Nothing ever worked, so what made me think bananas would work?
Indeed, they did not. It did indeed seem to lessen the heart beats, but they were still my loyal companions, both night and day. I tried to double the amount, but there were no significant changes. I was about to give up until I saw a product laying by the natural vitamin aisle of my local pharmacy.
A Supplement Leads to Solution
The product did not really look promising, but it did make some sense after all. I believe the substance which made bananas so helpful in heart arrhythmias was potassium. So I decided to try out a magnesium and potassium supplement. I really was not too keen to try things out without consulting a doctor first, but I was desperately seeking a solution.
It did not work the first day, nor the following day, but on the third day the erratic heart beats appeared to have lessened considerably. There were still there but they were sort of ''silenced'' like they were barely there.
After five days, my life resumed as normal. And now I am three months free of odd beats. I do not want to sing victory already, but I am pretty sure the supplement did the trick. I did find proof of this later from other websites.
In one forum, one guy in particular had spent two years trying to understand the cause of his irregular palpitations. He had spent hundreds of dollars on doctors, EKG's, emergency room visits and so forth. And then he claimed that a bottle of supplements costing him less than 5 dollars had made them cease!
According to Life extension,
'' Both magnesium and potassium are intricately involved in the heart’s electrical stability (Cybulski J et al 2004); consequently, maintaining normal functional blood levels and ratios of each is important. Potassium is found in every cell of the body, and magnesium, the second-most-abundant intracellular mineral, is involved in many chemical processes (Swain R et al 1999). Magnesium deficiency may result in irregular heartbeats, muscle weakness, and irritability. Conversely, an excessive amount may cause a very slow heartbeat (bradycardia), dizziness, blurred vision, or breathing difficulty.
Magnesium deficiency is usually due to inadequate dietary intake or depletion. Most present-day diets include inadequate amounts of magnesium, and aging is a risk factor for deficiency. Insufficient magnesium may contribute to the symptoms routinely associated with aging (Durlach J et al 1998). Medications such as diuretics, used to treat chronic diseases, may be responsible for more loss of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is more likely among older people who are institutionalized (Durlach J et al 1998).
Potassium may also be reduced by medications widely used to treat diseases associated with aging. Some heart medications, such as diuretics used as adjunctive treatment for high blood pressure, may dangerously deplete potassium levels. Besides causing severe muscle weakness and possible arrhythmias, inadequate potassium, which may lead to electrolyte imbalance, may cause mental confusion that may be attributed mistakenly to age or incompetence. The underlying electrolyte imbalance resulting from deficient levels of potassium or magnesium in the serum may also predispose people to arrhythmias (Cybulski J et al 2004).
According to Nicole Cutler, in her article ''Why Bananas Support a Healthy Heart'' published on Mature Sources:
''Potassium is one of the most important nutrients for keeping the heart healthy. This mineral is needed for muscle contraction (which is required for the heart to beat). For 100,000 times each day, potassium helps trigger the heart's squeeze of blood throughout the body. As a food source, bananas have one of the highest potassium contents available. The daily recommended amount of potassium is about 2,300 mg."
So there I I had it — the solution to my annoying heart arrhythmia. Then a few weeks later I also learned how effective mother wort and hawthorn extracts could also be. So now I alternate them. If only I had known this before! However, I am grateful of stumbling upon some forums and studies that provided further proof of these products effectiveness. At times, knowledge really is power.
Disclaimer: The above article should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing heart arrhythmia, please refer to your personal physician for professional advice. Readers assume full responsibility for their course of action. Always consult with a doctor before taking any supplements. An excess of potassium can be troublesome so blood work is usually recommended by doctors first.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Todd on April 15, 2016:
I have experienced arrhythmia, accompanied with chest pressure, which would last for a period of two to four weeks at a time and then just disappear, three times in my life. It was always worse when I had a resting heart rate and especially when I was in bed at night. I have always been slim and reasonably fit my entire life, although with periods where I have been somewhat sedentary for my work.
The first time I experienced arrhythmia accompanied with chest pressure, I was in my early to mid-thirty's. At that point I was sedentary for most of my work and was not maintaining good posture while I was seated. I was concerned that I was experiencing the precursor to a heart attack. Whenever the pressure and arrhythmia was at its worst, day or night, I would go for a 3 mile run to increase, and even out, my heart rate. It would fix the problem for a period of time, but the problem would eventually revisit me the same day. Sometimes the problem would return in a couple of hours. Then, one day, the pressure and arrhythmia just stopped. I attributed the arrhythmia to be due to poor diet, exercise and posture.
The second time I experienced arrhythmia accompanied with chest pressure, I had just received a temporary crown after having a root canal. The surgeon filled the root canal with an antibiotic until the dentist received the permanent crown. It was two weeks before the permanent crown was received and installed. For the entire two weeks, I experienced chest pressure and arrhythmia and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. The surgeon informed me that there was nothing in the antibiotic that could cause arrhythmia. After the antibiotic was removed and the permanent crown installed, my chest pressure and arrhythmia vanished instantly. I attributed the arrhythmia to be due to the antibiotic.
I am now 54. I started experiencing arrhythmia accompanied with chest pressure after several weeks of sedentary work and experiencing a great deal of stress. I was exercising, but only walks, short hikes, and martial arts three times a week, which, if done right, takes very little energy to perform. Five months earlier, I had a physical performed for the first time in my life. The doctor informed me that I was in excellent condition, except for an irregular heartbeat, which may not be anything serious, but which I should have checked out by a cardiologist to make sure. Since I felt fine and did not even notice the irregular heartbeat, I did not follow up immediately with a cardiologist. After recently experiencing the same heart pressure and arrhythmia problem I had twice before, I made an appointment with a cardiologist. It was very expensive for a 20 minute appointment. Thanks to ObamaCare, my insurance rates had tripled, so I changed to Medishare which brought my costs back down to below what they were before the unconstitutional ObamaCare was forced on everyone. The way MediShare works is that you choose a deductible. You pay for everything up to the deductible amount and then MediShare will pay for everything else for the rest of the year. Because it was a first time appointment with the cardiologist, and nothing had been paid for toward my deductible, it was going to cost $500. I asked for a cash discount price and received $200 off. Follow-up appointments were going to run $100 each, $70 each with the cash discount. Thank God that doctors are finally waking up to the benefit of offering discounts to individuals willing to sidestep all of the costly and time consuming insurance company non-sense, MediShare withstanding.
After conducting the same basic tests that my GP had performed, the cardiologist prescribed me a beta-blocker and a magnesium supplement. He also suggested getting an MRI of my chest to make sure there are no strange anomalies. The MRI will cost around $2,000, unless I go to Mexico, so I'm holding off on that, not knowing that it will even revel anything. I took the magnesium twice a day and the beta-blocker at night. The combination really helped me sleep and caused the heart pressure and arrhythmia to subside. I also started to make sure to engage in a strenuous exercise that would keep my heart rate up for an hour at least every other day. The beta-blocker lowered my blood pressure, but not too much. I did notice that my resting heart rate was 50 beats per minute instead of the typical 60 beats per minute. I felt like the beta-blocker was making me a little too relaxed and somewhat lazy, so I stopped taking it and continued with the magnesium. At first, the arrhythmia returned, so I started taking the beta-blocker again. After another week, I stopped taking the beta-blocker again. I do not experience the chest pressure and highly noticeable arrhythmia any longer, but I do still have an irregular heartbeat, but it is unnoticeable unless I am checking my pulse while at a resting rate. My pulse rate is perfect if my heart rate is up. I believe the Magnesium to be key to my relief. I will now try adding potassium to my diet now to see if it improves my condition even more.
ridof-arry on December 30, 2015:
I have lost my heart arrythmias or Atrial FIBrillations (AFibs)
after I took daily 10 - 20 drops of a liquid 1 % solution of the plant called ouabain.
It was for decades the most effective therapy in germany (look for strophanthin)
It protects against heart attacks and stroke.
Bloodthinners and betablocker became needless to me.
It is worth to dig out more about it. Google can translate foreign text.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 15, 2015:
That's very interesting Milan, because it looks like you're not alone! This is what I found
" Certain fruits past their peak of ripeness, including bananas, contain too much tyramine, a natural chemical that has a stimulating effect on the heart." It looks like foods affect each of us in different ways!
Milan on April 13, 2015:
Well, I have to say, that just bananas were causing arrhythmia in my case...unbelievable...only one was enough to start it, despite some people think it's not possible...it is ;-) After stopping eating them, everything is fine...a bit sad, because I like them a lot :-)
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 02, 2015:
That must have been scary. Good to know though what caused the heart pounding in the first place. Did your doctor prescribe supplements?
Melissa on March 02, 2015:
I wound up in the ER because my heart was pounding (like 180 bpm) of course before i was even admitted i started to feel better. They did a quick panel and my potassium was low. I called my pcp the next day and every panel i had done in the past year showed a borderline potassium deficiency.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 06, 2014:
I hope it works for you. If I stop the supplements, my heartbeats restart, so I guess I really need them.
D.B.Sabo on July 06, 2014:
Hi, everyone. Turns out mine were from drinking a crap ton of vodka. They're pretty rare now.
Danny on July 06, 2014:
Oops, I'm sorry for calling you brother. Also would like to let you know I was wearing a n ecardio machine for a month and due to go back to the cardiologist to further discuss the results. I just can't believe how good I'm feeling with out these flutters. One more thing that is a miracle, my blood pressure and most importantly my heart rate for me has gone down. Reason for being so chipy is that my heart rate always rested at 100-118. I checked it yesterday and to my surprise it was at 87. This is just unheard of. God bless and I'm a fan for life of your hub.
Danny on July 06, 2014:
Brother I think you might of saved my life. I'm not singing the victory dance yet but I have a good feeling that I was in the category of low potassium and magnesium aka electrolytes. My number 1 symptom is irregular heart beat. The thought of living with this is scary however I was embracing to live with it but again I can't sing the victory dance because I'm still 1 day with no symptoms however I'm feeling like a million bucks. The frequency of the arrythmia are leased after being on a high magnesium, potassium diet. I also noticed lessened arrythimias, eating bananas after taking my magnesium supplement, true valtilatiy magnesium. I'm not singing yet but it's 6 in the morning and I have not felt. A heart flutter all night when usually I'm up scared sh!t less with frequencies of heart arrhythmia's, that keep me up like a nocturnal
creature. My diet is as follows. 2 bananas 1 8oz pure coconut water , fish , and lots of fruit, everyday. I'm on day 2 of feeling great, I'm not singing though lol. I believe our electrolytes are the most important elements our body and heart need to function properly with out hiccups. Your blog is awesome
Marcy on June 02, 2014:
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I literally took two mag/pot supplements last night and this morning and suddenly nothing today. Also got a long nights sleep- I think this is also key and probably the supplement helped. Just wanted really to thank you so much for your article and ensuing posts- literally feel a new lease on my life not sure how to thank you enough.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 05, 2013:
Yes, we can't self diagnose with such an important organ as the heart! And some causes of heart palpitations can be serious , that's why I always recommend getting an EKG and seeing a cardiologist. I am taking magnesium/potassium only because I checked out fine at my latest EKG and the doctor told me to continue it if it helps.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 07, 2013:
This was a very interesting article. I'm glad that worked for you.
My husband has severe problems with a particular type of arrhythmia, called 'ventricular tachycardia.' It is serious, and he has had to have a combination defibrillator/pacemaker installed.
He is undergoing evaluation for a heart transplant, as, after years of multiple heart attacks, coronary bypass graft surgery, multiple stents, he has only one coronary artery and valve left still working properly. He is on a ton of medications to control the V-tach, as it is called in medical parlance, and he is also on potassium supplements to keep that mineral in balance due to the lasix he is on to reduce fluid retention; and that drug makes you lose potassium.
It's a very complex web, and a very thin tightrope he walks with his medications, diet, and fluid intake restriction. You were lucky; but this can be a deadly serious issue, and I wouldn't recommend self-diagnosis.
Voted up, and interesting.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 07, 2013:
Google about palpitations, skipped heart beats, PVC's and you'll see a bunch of people have them. I have had them for more than 5 years and I am still here!
Douglas Sabo on September 07, 2013:
Unfortunately I can't afford that. They come back a little at night but once they stop completely, I'm going to stop taking the supplements to see what happens. Oh, and of course not drink for a while if at all. I would do an EKG if not for the money but also I really don't want to know if there's anything serious lol...heart things usually aren't all that promising when it comes to a fix. :)
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 07, 2013:
I am happy you are doing better. I am stuck on potassium and magnesium, meaning that the 1-2 days I don't take the supplement, I get those palpitations back. I always recommend doing an EKG and seeing your doctor first, just to rule out any medical conditions. I did my EKG last month and doctor said all is normal and to continue those supplements if they help.
Douglas Sabo on September 07, 2013:
I just have to tell you, you saved my ass. It got so bad at one point that I literally thought that this was it. Make my final plans and check out. I took one pill magnesium supplement along with the same of potassium and it went away in about three days. If you guys drink, wait a while before you do that again.
There's one other thing here that really helped and I noticed they went away when I did this. Exercise. Walk, mow the damn lawn, etc.
Yesterday I fell asleep and I wake up a lot with hypnic jerks if I drink. All of the sudden I drop into a dream state and I jolt away where my whole body jumps up and kind of tenses as if I'm being electrocuted. This caused my heart to go haywire. Palpitations right up the butt along a fast/slow/hard/soft heartbeat. Apparently if you don't have accompanying chest pain then it's all panic along with the condition. Not a heart attack.
Anyway, I signed up specifically to say thank you. You may have literally saved my patoot.
SuePG on July 10, 2013:
Interesting blog, thank you. I have had palps for years which I am confident was linked to stress/anxiety or panic. I had been free of them for over a year (coincidentally after I started using an Earthing sheet on my bed) but they re-started and now an added bonus of arrythmia. I get skipped beats and thumping during the day but at night I am having scary episodes of real misfiring. The first time we went to the hospital but by the time they did any tests it had all stopped.
I am due to have a heart halter next week so who knows. The thing is I started taking a magnesium supplement over a year ago and I ate bananas every day until recently when I changed my diet a bit and included more leafy greens in the form of juices and powdered supplements such as wheat grass and spirulina. Now I'm wondering if maybe I shouldn't be taking a supplement as I also eat nuts and fruit? Maybe I will stop the magnesium, I've always been reluctant before because I thought it might be the reason my palps had stopped. The palps I can live with but the arrythmia is horrid.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 16, 2013:
Somebody told me the other day that when people show up at the ER with palpitations, once troublesome disorders are ruled out, they are sometimes given a magnesium supplement.
Ellie on June 16, 2013:
The first thing to try is magnesium. If you drink a lot of water, the potassium and magnesium are removed from the body in larger amounts. Moringa tree powder had 5 times potassium of a banana.
jerhub314 on October 31, 2012:
Hawthorn and motherwort liquid extracts have worked wonders for my heart and former fast heartbeat. I found Nature's Answer brand to be best because they make motherwort extract with the lowest alcohol concentration. Other manufacturers have up to 50 percent alcohol, but Nature's Answer has 15 percent. The hawthorn is alcohol-free. What I do is to mix them in equal quantities in a dropper bottle. I find that about 1/2 cc of each totaling one cc to stop paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in a matter of seconds. It is reliable and safe. And use of hawthorn extract, say 1 cc per day, over months, helps the heart to heal from prior episodes like heart attacks. When I took about 1 cc per day, split into three 1/3 cc doses, old scars started disappearing. I think that is what it is doing to your heart. That hawthorn-motherwort combo is a miracle. Both herbs are very safe.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 18, 2012:
Great to hear you are feeling better! best wishes!
Ammar on October 18, 2012:
Hi thank you for responding, I went to see the Doctor and he said that there is nothing wrong with me, I talked to him about the magnesium/potassium thing but the Doctor said the magnesium/potassium level is normal in my blood so I don't need to have it, the Doctor said I should avoid stress, caffeine and that I should lower my weight, the Doctor also give a medicine "concor 2.5 mg" I take it every day.
After two weeks I feel good, I completely stopped drinking tea, and Pepsi, I eat healthy food, and I hope arrythmia never come back again ^_^.
P.S. your article helped me alot that day, I was so worried, thank you again.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 28, 2012:
I usually had them occasionally, but it did become a constant companion for a couple of weeks once, and it scared the heck out of me too. When I then resume magnesium/potassium things got back normal. It is good you are seeing a doctor, because we are all different and what may work for one may not work for another and it is important to always ask a doctor first before taking anything, best wishes!
Ammar on September 28, 2012:
Thank you for sharing, I'm 23 year old I get heart arrhythmia from time to time, but it lasted for 24 hours in the past, recently I have it for 3 days, and I was really scared, I was wondering if this is going to last for the rest of my life, after reading your article I was relieved..
I will consult my doctor about magnesium/potassium and I hope he let me try it, I will try the banana as well.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 03, 2012:
Thank you, that is why I emphasized the importance of consulting with a doctor first before taking any supplements.
Chris on July 02, 2012:
Please be very careful when taking potassium supplements. I would suggest to have a potassium level done first . Too much potassium can result in cardiac problems as well.
laadhy from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth on June 21, 2012:
Very informative and interesting hub
simplesolution on May 06, 2012:
next time go to a doctor and get a damned blood panel.. that would have resolved it immediately.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 11, 2012:
Linda H,I had to deny your post because it had your e-mail and there are people waiting for e-mails so to spam you. The supplement I used was when I used to live in Italy, don't recall the name, just any magnesium/potassium supplement should do, but please consult with your doctor first, best wishes!
Yany on January 17, 2012:
Ive had arrythmias off and on but a year ago they got worse. Im 28 and sure im scare. I just made an apt w cardiologist but if it doesn't help im goin for the supplements. But for sure im gointo mention it to doc first. Thanx!
paige on January 11, 2012:
thank you god. I am still scared. ugh
michael on December 27, 2011:
I did, they found nothing wrong and they gave me beta blockers, but they are not effective at all. thanks, but could you give me the name of the supplement?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 26, 2011:
A potassium/magnesium supplement is what helped me, however you should always consult with a doctor before taking an supplements.
michael on December 26, 2011:
what was the suplemment called please? I'm a little confused
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 25, 2011:
Tony, you should first see your doctor and then follow what he says..
Tony on September 21, 2011:
I am experiencing my worst arrythmia since i started getting it 3 years ago right now. I am 25 years old and only ever get this scary crap when i drink alcohol excessively during the weekend. Can't wait to go to the store tomorrow and trying this remedy out, and probably not going to get any sleep im so excited. Wish me luck!!
Linnette on August 31, 2010:
Thank you everyone for the information. I was beginning to feel alone and afraid. My doctor was so non chelant while I was freaking out,not to mention the side effects of the medication were horrible for me. I will be sure to try the potassium and magnesium. thanks
MarianG on August 25, 2010:
I get them once in a while also and it scares me. I know that the doctor advised my father to eat a banana a day because of his heart problems. I think that potassium is very good for you.
Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on August 23, 2010:
Absolutely stunning hub. I have had arrhythmia's my entire life, sometimes for days. I was told I had mitral valve prolapse only to find out months ago it is "gone". My Dr. cannot believe it and wants more of my past medical records...lol.
Fortunately I have been pretty free recently of the funky scary beats but am going to try some of the potassium/magnesium supplements that helped you. They make a whole lot of sense and thanks for sharing! Glad you are doing better!!!
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on August 20, 2010:
well, that's good news as bananas are always in my diet. my day is even better now and I'll inform someone I know to see a doc and eat more bananas.
Jodi Barnhart on August 18, 2010:
Me too. I had a heart rate of 213 beats a minute for 10 years with no help from Doctors. I turned it around with supplementation also. I was weak, dizzy and light headed. I've been symptom free for 17 years now.
bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on August 18, 2010:
Hi and thumbs up! I have a heart condition. When I started having the jumpy odd beat, I was told it was arrythmia,too. I used to think it was caffiene. I was told to eat nuts such as almonds and walnuts sparingly but daily.I started eating nuts(loaded with heart healthy stuffand those you mentioned too) and it stopped. Amazing how many times our health suffers, and all we needed was a mineral or vitamins!