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Old 09-19-2003, 12:20 PM   #1
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Question Do heart palps cause any damage?

I have been going on for 3+ yrs w/ heart palps, Plus many other symptoms. Finally, got a Dr. who is testing for thyroid and cholesterol, etc. My thyroid levels were checked 1 yr ago and came back showing hyperthyroid results. Was sent to endo and he did separate test and he said it was normal and to pursue another avenue as I was probably depressed. My current Dr looked at results and said no I was hyperthyroid. My ? is, do these palps do anything to your heart? Do I need to see a cardiologist also? They have never gone away and with activity seem to be worse and short of breath. I'm 40 years young and have 4 kids and hubby who need me back to normal......I want to be there too!

Old 09-19-2003, 03:00 PM   #2
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I know how scary they can think you're having a heart attack or something, but me and my twin sister both experience them from time to time. My docs here as well as her cardiologist in Austin TX seem to think that they're nothing to worry about and won't cause any damage. Her doc says that WORRYING about palps causes more damage than the actual palps do. I'd still talk to your doc about it though...couldn't hurt.

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Old 09-19-2003, 03:30 PM   #3
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Alot of heart palps are caused by a lack of magnesium in our system. I've read studies done on this, and after a group of people took mag for awhile, the majority of them had their palps stop completely. Mag helps relax the heart muscle and regulate the beats.

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Old 09-20-2003, 06:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I was really just curious about them. Not really worried about them...just wondered what was up with them kinda like the ringing in your ear thing i guess. you know it's there, but it doesn't really do anything. Just annoying when it's quiet LOL.

Old 09-21-2003, 07:35 AM   #5
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I too have hypothroidism with normal blood work results and yet still feel aweful. I have all the symptoms you described, fatigu, especially at night, muscle ache and heart pulpuations. I also have a lump on the side of my neck that was scan approx 5 years ago. I am wondering if you see a specialist or your regular primary physican for your condition?? And if it is normal to have all these symptoms even once your levels are normalized. Thanks for any insight or information its appreciated.

Old 09-21-2003, 07:52 AM   #6
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Being hyperthyroid causes muscle damage...and the heart is just one large muscle. So yes, being hyperthyroid can damage your heart.

Are you being treated for the hyperthyroidism?

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Old 09-21-2003, 11:46 AM   #7
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I am not on any meds....I was sent to endocronologist by my old Dr, Old Doc said I was Hypothyroid and endo said I was normal and just depressed...Took all tests to a Family Practioner who said no I was hyperactive and sent me for more bloodwork..he's is willing to put me on thyroid meds and get me into a different endo. After blood work comes back.

Old 09-24-2003, 11:09 AM   #8
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GOOD NEWS? BAD NEWS? Got results, but they didn't test FT3 or TT3. TSH was .47 range .35 to 5.5 FT4 was 1.3 range .8 to 1.8. Cholesterol-172. Hubby talked to Doc and asked why didn't he run the other tests??? He said he'd pull file and call they don't run those first since they are expensive tests and only run if can't find anything on 1st tests. Is there anything else I should have had run?

Old 09-24-2003, 11:44 AM   #9
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I'd have them test FT3 and antibodies. Your insurance should cover it so why's the doctor worried about how much it costs, unless you don't have insurance.

Old 09-24-2003, 12:37 PM   #10
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Luvgldnrtrvrs, I'll bet you have HMO. HMO's sometimes won't pay for more expensive tests if they think they can get by with just a TSH. And often the doctors are penalized (bonuses taken away) for ordering too many of these expensive tests. It really bites the big one that HMO's can dictate to our doctors what tests we need! There really needs to be some sort of reform on this. I'd just like to the HMO's and the doctors who are their puppets!
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Old 09-24-2003, 03:20 PM   #11
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The tests you have show that you have plenty of thyroid hormone in you. But...they don't tell you whether or not your body is able to use it. That's where the free T3 & free T4 come in. Also, if your antibodies are elevated, your tests can come back different everyday. I had heart palps for over three years before getting the correct treatment. I already had heart valve damage due to a diet drug. They tested my heart not long ago and my heart did not have any further damage due to the palps. When I started taking magnesium and potassium, the palps went away(even before they got my thyroid straightened out). Being hyper or hypo can cause heart damage, but it is normally over a long period of time. You'll be fine. IWL

Old 10-21-2003, 03:00 PM   #12
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Got ultrasound done on thyroid as Doc still felt swelling. Said there was a solid lesion on rt lobe of thyroid. Am having RAIU next week. I read you should be extremely careful after voiding when you take pill. For how long? Nurse had no answers and can't get through to Dr. office for what I need to do before and after test. Am I also to stay away from pregnant women and small children or what?

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