Atrial Fibrillation and Clots Breaking Loose

by Norma Jewel Clark

I have chronic atrial fibrillation and take Toprol XL and Cardizem which helped very little as I was always having atrial fibrillation episodes. THEN I read Dr. Julian Whitakers catalog which said if you have arrythymia

of any kind, load up on Magnesium supplements and stay loaded!

He said they had virtually no side effects except for those with kidney problems. I understand he is a very well known respected doctor so I started on the 400 mg and as time went by (2 years now) I found by upping them gradually to 900 mg. No more than that that the abnormal rhythms got less and if I did have an episode, it was less noticeable.

And I take the High Absorption 100%
Chelated kind which is supposed to be one of the better?

Now i am concerned after reading your article that says it could cause a blood clot to break loose. I do not know what to do now. Who do I believe. I have had Atrial Fibrillation for 10 years. I am 76 but everyone says I look so much younger and I have good lab reports.

Can you help me?

Thank you,
Norma Jewel Clark

P.S. I take a lot of organic vitamins

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Confused about Atrial Fibrillation
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Norma,

I can definitely see why you would be confused getting conflicting information. But first, could you give me a little bit more information about your atrial fibrillation. The vast majority of people with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation have atrial fibrillation all of the time and don't have 'episodes' of it- unless yours comes and goes, which is actually not very usual.

So, Dr. Whitacker is MOSTLY right, there are ALMOST no problems taking magnesium unless you have kidney problems. Although there IS a chance of Magnesium Overdose as well.

Although Overdose is EXTREMELY rare, it DOES happen, and those who take magnesium should at least know that it CAN happen and its symptoms.

So, one of the other problems (although its actually a good thing) is that magnesium CAN, actually 'Fix' atrial fibrillation so that the heart rhythm is completely normal. While this SOUNDS great, the problem is that people who have atrial fibrillation tend to get tiny blood clots in their atria because the blood doesn't get pumped out as effectively and can sit in the atria of the heart and clot up.

So, in most cases, if someone has Chronic Atrial Fibrillation, then the doctor will have them on blood thinners to prevent this. But if someone is not taking blood thinners and has atrial fibrillation, there is a danger that magnesium COULD fix their heart rhythm.

In this rare instance, if there is a blood clot in the atria, then it could be pumped out into the blood circulation. So, if someone is taking magnesium when they have atrial fibrillation, being on the internet and not knowing everyone's personal history, I mention this small possibility because I just think that people should be aware of it and be in discussion with their doctor in case their heart does go into a normal heart rhythm.

But if your heart is in a normal rhythm the majority of the time and you only have 'episodes' of atrial fibrillation, then this would not affect you.

I hope that this helped.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

Thank you:
by: Anonymous

Okay, thanks so much for your helping me understand this. As I said, I have had Atrial Fibrillation
for 10 years but do not take blood thinners except for Fish oil capsules, Garlic supplements and have never (Thank the Lord)had stroke symptoms.

My nose bleeds with Coumadin. So what do you think? I would appreciate some professional advice from someone who practices from a natural viewpoint.

Natural Alternatives...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Norma,

It sounds like you are really on the right track and doing everything that you can to care for yourself.

Well, the only other recommendation that I could make is to take a look at an Herbal Blood Thinner as an alternative to Coumadin since it sounds like you can't take that.

Boluke is an enzyme that works like the 'Clot Busters' in the hospital that are used for stroke patients, but certainly not that strong. It's really just an enzyme that is specific to fibrin- one of the blood proteins responsible for clotting.

So that may be an option for you as well. But really, it seems like you've really made some great choices to keep your A fib under control Norma.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System


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This and that :-)
by: Anonymous

Thanks Ms. Kerri,
Very helpful info. from you.
No wonder they call you the Queen.:0).
Will check back later.
Norma Jewel

by: AnonymousJ KELLY


I can't tell you what's 'safe'
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I cannot comment on what is 'safe' or not safe for you. I can only provide information. Heck, I couldn't even possibly tell you if and when it is 'safe' for you to cross the street, let alone tell you what is safe for you to put into your body when you are experiencing a serious medical condition.

If you are interested in knowing if it's safe for you to take magnesium, you'll have to talk to your doctor who is familiar with your condition.

Kerri Knox, RN

atrial fibrillation
by: Frank b

I have had A Fib for some twenty odd years , nearly died when they changed my beta blocker. So stopped taking it and started taking a small glass of red grape juice purchased from lidls everyday after reading a blog on the internet

I dont know if the grape juice contains magnesium or some other trace elements but it seems to work for me. I still get it very occasionally when really run down or suffering from trapped wind but 24 months can go by inbetween episodes.

I take aspirin if it comes on and coke to break the wind if thats the cause. But some years ago l was getting two or three times a day. Hope this helps.

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