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nikigrl, This has been mentioned on these boards before. Magnesium can help with racing heart (tachycardia) and other heart problems. I know your health problems go beyond that, but every bit of improvement helps and can reduce anxiety also. Research is showing that in some cases, a lack of magnesium IS the cause of the heart problem, not merely a mineral that helps an already existing heart problem improve. I definitely noticed a difference with my heart rate when I started taking magnesium, as many others have also. I take about 500 mg a day. Research is also showing that you want to take about the same amount of calcium a day (1:1 ratio) which helps with the assimilation of the magnesium. Some companies sell a 2:1 ratio (cal/mag) but when the ratio gets too out of balance, then other problems can surface. Too much calcium is actually a problem in this country, according to some researchers, because it has a counteraffect on the magnesium levels.
You could try the xanax before bed, it certainly wouldn't hurt, but like I said, it will probably wear off during the night. You know the story with my heart rate - it is all over the map. I get tachy as soon as I get up out of bed in the morning. I take 1/2 of the beta blocker and within 20 minutes my heart rate is slow (like 50-60) again. It hasn't had any effect on my blood pressure. Weird, huh? I hope you get this all situated soon. When is the last time you saw a cardiologist? You should probably go see one to ask these questions and maybe get some reassurance.
I am right there with you. All my heart tests have been normal and yet I still have this fluctuating heart rate. I wish I could help you, but since I have no answers either I can't. For me, I have just been trying not to pay attention to it. Like I said - when I get up in the morning I am tachy so I take my beta blocker and my heart rate goes back to being low again. I guess I don't mind my heart rate being low as much as I do it being high. I have noticed, though, that since I'm not worried about it being fast in the morning (because I know it is going to be) it is not AS fast as it has been. I do worry sometimes about it, but what can I do? I think I am going to follow the other poster's advice and try some magnesium. I'm going to talk to my cardiologist about it first and see what he thinks.

I have been dealing with a lot of problems for 3 1/2 years - and the heart stuff for over a year now. You will be OK. I'm still here. :wave: Try to be positive - I know it is hard. I know what you are going through because I have been there. I'm still there, I'm just trying not to let it control my life. I'm sorry you're so miserable. It will get better.
Mary - did your heart rate go up and down all day, or did you just have the tachycardia when you were feeling the hot flashes and anxiety? I wonder how early this can start with women? I am 31 and I believe Niki is 23. I have PCOS and I had been on the pill until just recently but I had to stop taking it because I tested positive for lupus anticoagulant. Even when I was on the pill, though, I had this heart rate fluctuation. Thank you for telling us your story. I will definitely have that looked into. Hopefully we will get this figured out one day.

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