As I shared in other posts, I've been experimenting with micronutrients I learned about from studying Metabolic Cardiology. They help me feel significantly better overall, but I've still been having episodes. I suspected that there was something else going on and that I needed help figuring out what it might be. Plus I wanted to have blood tests done before doing more experimenting and wanted to get help figuring out dosages and additional supplements to try.
I discovered Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, in my research on metabolic cardiology several weeks ago. Then I learned that his son, a naturopath, is only 30 minutes away, so I made an appointment to see him. Yesterday was my appt.
I just discovered this video with the 2 of them:
I had to fill out quite an extensive questionnaire before the appointment. I had to include medical history, family medical history, and details on the food I typically eat, what I usually do during my days, my support system, basically all aspects of life. The appointment was an hour long.
This was already an interesting contrast to some of the appointments I've had with EPs & my former cardiologist!
After reviewing my info, the first thing Dr. Sinatra mentioned was his concern about Mercury. I was aware of the possible negative influence of having Mercury fillings in my teeth, but learned much more. The fillings are not always a problem, in that they can stay contained and not leak Mercury into other parts of the body.
His concern is that I eat a lot of fish and it's virtually impossible to find Mercury-free fish these days. Studies have shown a link between Mercury toxicity and arrhythmias. He's seen how eliminating fish from the diets of his AF patients has helped them. So my next experiment is not eating fish at all for the next month or two in order to see if makes a difference.
He told me about a lab that tests for Mercury, but I appreciated his suggestion to eliminate fish first, since the test is expensive. So I'll try it and see what I notice, then will consider having the test.
I'll have a bunch of blood tests on Monday and then we'll go from there. I still have to go through my notes and organize the other suggestions, which I'll share in another post.
The adventure continues!