I have a phone appointment with a new cardiologist in 2 days. Would like to make the most of it and see if I can get some him to order some tests of inflammatory markers, electrolytes, glucose, and other things that will help me as I try to sleuth out possible contributing factors and design my own best approach for managing (maybe ending) afib with diet, some supplements, etc.
Would welcome suggestions for my list.
I am thinking of requesting:
*hsCRP (any other inflammatory markers I should ask for?)
*red blood cell magnesium
*potassium (is serum potassium good enough, or does that require a better test?)
*glucose (does this need to be glucose fasting?)
*full thyroid panel
Can anyone think of other important tests? Or are these important? He will have seen an echo from back in January. Should I try to get a new echo done? Or do they not change much over the course of a year?
He will probably just want to talk about getting me on pills, since that (and ablation) are all cardiologists seem to want to do or discuss for AF. But I am going to try to get more out of this appointment - information and labs that could help me as I try to design my own plan.