Update on A-Fib situation: I had an ECG on the 28th and it turns out that my heart is functioning perfectly. No valve, pumping or blood flow issues. I have been taking 750 Mg of Chelated Magnesium daily and definitely can say it has made a difference not only in terms of my heart function, but also with issues such as excessive sweating, cramping, back pain, etc. I've also noticed my energy level has seemed to increase.
The thing I don't understand however is, my cardiologist insists that I continue to take Pradaxa, which is the new Coumadin type blood thinner without the need for frequent blood tests. He tells me it's because I could have episodes of A-Fib and this is a preventative measure against that happening.
I guess the thing that has me confused and I will press the Dr. on is, upon his last prognosis he told me the Holter monitor showed a few episodes of slowed heart rate, this in fact lead to him taking me off of the medication Metoprolol. I was / am under the impression that A-Fib is a higher than normal heart rate or quivering of the heart. If my functon is good and I do not have signs of a high heart rate, why do I need the Pradaxa?
I've asked some of my less trusting friends who have suggested that it's a Big Pharma deal, in other words, the Dr. gets a payday to write prescriptions for the expensive drugs. I'm hoping that my Dr. is not like that, because he has seemed to do the right thing in the past, although, I do think I have been over medicated with Metprolol, which is given to slow the heart rate. I have lost almost 45 lbs. in the last year and am in great physical shape, which he hasn't taken in to consideration regarding medications and dosages.