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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Palpitations (Definition)

Palpitations is the symptom, not the diagnosis. They are the 'abnormal awareness of the beating heart'. This can include the heart going to fast, too slow, too hard, irregularly, skipping a beat. The causes are varied eg electrical problems (both sinister and not sinister), extra beats (mostly harmless), anxiety, thyroid problem. If persistent or worrying then get checked for ...Read more


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Fish oil help w palpitations. My doctor put me on low dose klonapin and it calms me down but doesn't help with heart palpitations. I take vitamin daily?

Fish oil help w palpitations. My doctor put me on low dose klonapin and it calms me down but doesn't help with heart palpitations. I take vitamin daily?

Magnesium: Magnesium is a supplement that helps with palpitations. You can also try taking some potassium. If you keep having them you should have your heart checked out. ...Read more

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Am on 1000mg of fish oil to reduce my cholesterol. I just noticed a few days ago that my heart skips beat, could the fish oil be the cause?

Am on 1000mg of fish oil to reduce my cholesterol. I just noticed a few days ago that my heart skips beat, could the fish oil be the cause?

Skip: Unlikely the the fish oil causing the skipped beat. The American College of Cardiology recommends supplementation with 1.6 grams daily and many practitioners would recommend 2 to 3 grams daily. I would assume you are addressing some health issues. Continue the fish oil, walk, consider a daily magnesium. If the palpitations worsen notify your provider. ...Read more

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Can fish oil cause your heart rate to rise or even your resting heart rate? I get about 2, 000mg of epa and 2, 000mg of DHA daily.

Can fish oil cause your heart rate to rise or even your resting heart rate? I get about 2, 000mg of epa and 2, 000mg of DHA daily.

Not usually: Fish oil consumption at doses less than 3000 mg is thought to be generally safe, although there are potential interactions with many medications. There are 2 unlikely situations where fish oil might cause increased resting heart rate. First, fish oil can lower blood pressure in some people and might cause heart to beat faster. Second, fish oil might affect clotting, causing bleeding and anemia. ...Read more

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The doctor said 2g fish oil can cause heart burn, but does eating enough salmon (to get 2g fish oil) cause the same amount of heart burn?

The doctor said 2g fish oil can cause heart burn, but does eating enough salmon (to get 2g fish oil) cause the same amount of heart burn?

No: There is away to help with that. Take the fish oil with food. There are brands that do not cause the heart burn. Also split it into 3 doses. ...Read more

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What can cause your potassium to go to 3.4. And can it affect your heart? I take vitamins, ester c, d, e.Fish oil lysine, can any of them affect your potassium?

What can cause your potassium to go to 3.4. And can it affect your heart? I take vitamins, ester c, d, e.Fish oil lysine, can any of them affect your potassium?

A: A potassium level of 3.4 is normal in most labs and won't affect your heart. The most common cause of a low potassium is treatment with diuretics (water pills) for high blood pressure. None of supplements you are taking should affect postassium. ...Read more

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What does fish oil do for your heart/ body?

What does fish oil do for your heart/ body?

Happy Heart: Fish oil lowers triglycerides. It also reduces your risk for heart attacks and dying from bad heart rhythms. It reduces your blood pressure [slightly]. Fish oil helps eczema and psoriasis too. ...Read more

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What's better for heart health krill oil or fish oil? What's the difference

What's better for heart health krill oil or fish oil? What's the difference

Both: Comes from different sources only. Really you should focus on diet and exercise. ...Read more

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I take atenolol 12.5mg. Heart rate 75-82 when I combine same dose with I fish oil capsule heart rate 62-74. Why is this?

Not likely related: Fish oil shouldn't affect your heart rate but regardless, as long as you don't have dizziness, faint, headache, or nausea, that heart rate is normal. Also sometimes the act of digestion will cause a noticeable heart rate decrease - which is what is supposed to happen. The fish oil tablets may be doing this. ...Read more

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When I take fish oil along with my usual dose of atenolol I notice my heart rate drops even more than with atenolol alone. Why does this happen?

When I take fish oil along with my usual dose of atenolol I notice my heart rate drops even more than with atenolol alone. Why does this happen?

Confirmation bias: There is no mechanism for this. Most likely you are experiencing a deceptive phenomenon called confirmation bias, where a believed notion is confirmed as true since it is consciously monitored. When it does not hold true, the negative correlation is considered an anomaly and exception from the usual pre-conceived notion.
Alternatively, taking the fish oil calms the HR by trusting its benefits. ...Read more

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How can fish oil prevent heart attacks?

How can fish oil prevent heart attacks?

Many mechanisms: A recent study suggests fish oil does not prevent heart attacks in high risk patients but many other studies suggest it can. If it does it is because it raises HDL (good cholesterol), lowers triglycerides, reduces inflammation, thins blood & is an anti-oxidant. See http://www. Newsmaxhealth. Com/headline/fish-oil-study-heart/2013/05/09/id/503662 for a critique of the recent negative study. ...Read more

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Does fish oil help fight against heart disease? How does it work and does it really work?

Does fish oil help fight against heart disease? How does it work and does it really work?

Omega-3: Fish oil or omega-3, specifically DHA and EPA as a beneficial effect on reversing atherosclerosis and Lowering the risk of heart disease ...Read more

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Can fish oil prevent heart disease? Can it raise ldl?

Can fish oil prevent heart disease? Can it raise ldl?

Yes & No, changes LDL: Recent studies suggest fish oil capsules may not reduce risk of heart disease, but getting fish oil from eating fish does seem to prevent heart disease! See http://www. Cnn. Com/2012/09/11/health/health-fish-oil
re: ldl, fish oil may raise it a bit but also changes LDL from small to large particles, making the LDL less dangerous.
See http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/qaa400434/is-fish-oil-bad-for-ldl. Html. ...Read more

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Why should I take fish oil for heart?

Why should I take fish oil for heart?

Alleged protection: Omega-three fish oils were popularized as possibly helping prevent/reverse atherosclerosis, especially when the inuit people were noted to have relatively little coronary artery disease. The last two big studies on the inuit cast grave doubt on this politically-correct idea. The fish oils are systemic anti-inflammatories and some folks find they help with arthritis. You decide & don't spend $$$. ...Read more

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Is fish oil that helpful for your heart?

Is fish oil that helpful for your heart?

Fish oil: Good source of essential fatty acids which helps cholesterol & cardiovascular system. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to find fish oil in a dose less than 1, 000 mg's? That's overkill for someone with no heart issues.

Why is it so hard to find fish oil in a dose less than 1, 000 mg's? That's overkill for someone with no heart issues.

1000 is ok: It is generally recommended that those even without risk of heart disease can take 1000mg of fish oil per day or at least one to two servings of oily fish per week. This is not "overkill". Consider the japanese diet which ia 5 times higher on fish consumption than ours. ...Read more

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I have tested this. When I take fish oil I notice my resting heart rate drops 10bpm less then when I don't take it. Why is this? I take 12.5mg atenolol

I have tested this. When I take fish oil I notice my resting heart rate drops 10bpm less then when I don't take it. Why is this? I take 12.5mg atenolol

Atenolol: Why are u on atenolol at 27? Need more HX to comment.. The slow HR is from this medicine. If u exercise a lot, that keeps ur HR low often. If u have any symptoms like dizziness, sweating, weakness or lightheaded from the low HR, then u need to discuss with ur doctor, if not it's concerning only if ur HR goes below 50 too often, then u may need to change atenolol to some other med ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is omega 3 fish oil good for your heart?

Can you tell me how is omega 3 fish oil good for your heart?

I'm skeptical: The internet and the journals are full of contradictory claims about these molecules, but the last three big studies that I've seen all showed no benefit to the heart or its blood vessels. You're free to include them in your diet or not, but don't get the idea that this is any substitute for eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, and maintaining a high level of aerobic fitnes ...Read more

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Can you give me an update on any large study that prooves that fish oil with omega 3, 720 mg. Daily, helps to maintain a healthy heart?

No: Because there aren't any. There is no good outcome data for fish oils and the cardiology community's enthusiasm for the supplement is waning. There is epidemiologic data that cultures that eat a lot of fish have a significantly lower incidence of heart disease. The mediterranean diet is an example. ...Read more

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Left fasicular block. Patient is 82, she has a stress echo every 6 months-strong heart, symptomatic-what can be done. Fish oil, exercise, low carbs, pro

Left fasicular block. Patient is 82, she has a stress echo every 6 months-strong heart, symptomatic-what can be done. Fish oil, exercise, low carbs, pro

Not a problem: Left anterior fasicular block is not a problem and she certainly does not need a stress echo every six months. Exercise and low carb, or more accurately, low glycemic index diet are excellent things she can do for preventing future vascular disease. ...Read more

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If I had mitral valve repair heart surgery. Is dribking fish oil daily beneficial to my heart.

If I had mitral valve repair heart surgery. Is dribking fish oil daily beneficial to my heart.

Fish oil: Refer to this wiki for lots of information on fish oil:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/fish_oil.

I am unable to find any rigorous scientific information proving fish oil definitely beneficial for anything specific. ...Read more

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To help brain & heart function, what dosage of Omega-3 fish oil is recommended for my age at 67?

To help brain & heart function, what dosage of Omega-3 fish oil is recommended for my age at 67?

Two-four grams per: Day in two divided dosages. If you don't trust dietary supplements there's prescription Lovaza or Vascepa each having different EPA/DHA ratios. ...Read more

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Am I wasting my money on fish oil if taking 1g/day for health, family history of heart dx, and adhd/mood? 30yo healthy female

Am I wasting my money on fish oil if taking 1g/day for health, family history of heart dx, and adhd/mood? 30yo healthy female

Hard to tell: Some pts report improved mood and temperament on o3fa, but these are individual report cases, in controlled studies it pales in comparison to medication and intervention...If it helps take it as adjunct therapy, but do not use it to replace time tested, well studied medications, and/or interventions, ie counselling, behavioral therapy, diet and exercise. Better still forget o3fa and enjoy some grill fish. ...Read more

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I read somewhere that fish oil supplements shouldn't be taken by diabetics. Is this true? I was under the impression that omega 3 is good for heart...

I read somewhere that fish oil supplements shouldn't be taken by diabetics. Is this true? I was under the impression that omega 3 is good for heart...

Fish oil/ diabetes: I am not sure where you read that. Fish oils have a lot of benefits. They lower triglycerides, have beneficial effects on the heart (decrease arrhythmias, inhibit clotting), they are antiinflammatory. If you do not have any of the above problems, fish oils may not have any direct benefit, but they will not hurt. How about trying to increase your n-3/n-6 ratio through a healthy diet? ...Read more

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Want to take the highest concentrated omega 3 fish oil (DHA + EPA) to protect against heart disease. Give me a brand name?

Want to take the highest concentrated omega 3 fish oil (DHA + EPA) to protect against heart disease. Give me a brand name?

Nordic Naturals: Is a well respected brand. Please read the label and make sure that when you add the EPA & DHA that the sum is 50% or more of the total sum of each capsule. Also, make sure the fish oil has been purified. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink fish oil once daily everyday if I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery.? I know fish pil is good over all.

Is it safe to drink fish oil once daily everyday if I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery.? I know fish pil is good over all.

Yes: Fish oil is rich in EPA and DHA which are Essential Fatty Acids. These are essential for good health and everyone needs them as part of their diet or as supplements. Having had heart surgery does not reduce your need for these and they are perfectly safe to take. ...Read more

Fish Oil (Definition)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more


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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more