Dr. Volgman shares if there is anything she does for women with palpitations that other doctors do not.
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One of the best things that I have done for a lot of women who have palpitations is that I find that a lot of them just need magnesium. A lot of women are deficient in magnesium, just like they are deficient in vitamin D. I am finding that women who have palpitations are best served by just increasing their magnesium level. I just give them, it’s not even a prescription, but I do give the prescription for magnesium oxide, about 400 to 500 milligrams a day, and about 85 to 90% of my patients will be cured of their palpitations. And they come back to me and they say, “You’re a miracle worker. Why didn’t my doctors give me this five years ago?” And I have women who come to me because they are so tired and so depressed from their beta-blockers, and their physicians just tell them, “Well, you either take this or you’ll have palpitations. What’s it going to be?” And I think that’s so narrow-minded of their doctors, and I’ll just give them a little magnesium, and they’ll come back and say, “I love you. You’ve cured me.” And that’s all I’ve given them is magnesium, so I think it’s a great thing. Now I want to make sure that not every woman just be given magnesium, and they have SVT that could actually be ablated. Twenty-five percent of the population have a potential for having supraventricular tachycardia which can be easily ablated and they are cured. You never have to see the cardiologist again because you are cured, but there are a lot of women out there who are suffering from palpitations, and their doctors won’t even get an event recorder which is so easy to get to find out that they have this problem that can easily be cured. So I want to empower women to be more proactive in their disease that they are aggressive with their doctor, assertive with their doctor is a better word, to get the diagnosis and to give them drugs or supplements that can help them and not get the bad side effects that some of these medications give.