Dr. Volgman shares if there is anything special she does for women with palpitations that other doctors do not.
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.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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