It was another uneventful week – no afib, palpitations or anything; just another totally quiet and normal week. My weight is holding steady at 175 lbs. and my heart rate is still in the mid to upper 80’s. It will be interesting to see how long it takes before it finally starts coming down.
I made an appointment with an integrative doctor next week to discuss the low magnesium levels that were discovered after my EXA Test. He offers IV magnesium treatments and his office said that based on what I told them I would likely be a great candidate for them. I’m also going to discuss with him my general supplement regimen and the insomnia I’ve been battling the past decade.
Speaking of my sleep issues, I still haven’t heard back from the sleep center I went to. They said it would be 2-4 weeks before they got authorization from my insurance to do an in-home or in-lab sleep study so I likely won’t hear from them for another week or two.
To recap what I’ve done since my ablation, I had an initial appointment with a sleep center so that I can have a sleep study done to find out if I have sleep apnea or not. Sleep apnea can have a significant negative impact on atrial fibrillation so it’s important I get that ruled out. I’ll be shocked if I have even mild sleep apnea but who knows. I was shocked I had afib at the age of 30 too!
I also had an EXA Test done to get a true and accurate picture of my magnesium levels. I will now be working with an integrative doctor to discuss having IV magnesium treatments in an effort to boost my magnesium levels. Why is this so important? Because being low in magnesium can contribute to an increase in atrial fibrillation episodes.
Again, I’m doing all this extra stuff to give my ablation the best chance of being a long-term success. Hopefully it will pay off.
One final note, I made some slight adjustments to my supplement regimen outlined in my week 1 update. Starting this week I am now taking around 1,000mg of magnesium per day instead of 750mg and I’m also taking 1,500mg of taurine powder per day – spread out into 500mg doses three times per day.
I’m also taking approximately 405mg of potassium gluconate powder when I take my other supplements if I don’t have a glass of orange juice, low-sodium V8, or a banana. Again, this is to ensure I get a good dose of potassium three times per day along with everything else I’m taking.