Heart condition

by June
(Cincinnati)

I have had a heart condition most of my life, where my heart skips and races. It can last for a few hours up to 2 weeks! I have been to many cardiologists and tried many treatments both conventional and alternative (magnesium, iodine, b vitamins to name a few).

I have always refused surgery because no one has ever been able to give me an explanation for it that makes sense to me. I have had 5 different diagnoses form 5 different MDs. 3 other women in my family also have this condition to varying degrees and have also gotten various diagnoses. All of our thyroids seem to be fine. When it hits, it is absolutely terrifying. We sweat, are nauseated and dizzy.

Anyway, I began the progesterone cream for hot flashes. I doubled the dose. It improved my hot flashes somewhat but not completely. It really reduced my sugar cravings. However, it seems to have cured my heart issues?? (I also take high doses of vit. c from the Linus Pauling Institue, which in the past helped the heart pounding more than anything else.) I asked the other women in family to try the cream and no one has had any heart pounding since!!!!!

Two questions... 1. How is this possible? 2. None of us wants to stop for a week! Is that OK??

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Mar 15, 2011
Heart Condition
by: Kay

Hello June,
I saw your post and just wanted to say that I have had MVP for years, and had the heart racing and pounding that would last. Anyway, I went on hormone replacement therapy when I turned 40 and it went away!! I researched it and found one article that a Man cured his son of a worse heart condition with progesterone! I went off hormone replacement therapy when I reached 60 and the condition returned. I also had uterine problems, estrogen too high, so my doctor prescribed natural micronized progesterone 100mg per day. The heart racing is gone again! The uterine problems resolved themselves 3 months after starting back on progesterone!

Mar 15, 2011
heart racing
by: Anonymous

Check out my past entry on "hormonal rush". I experienced the racing heart that you are speaking of. I am starting a prescription cream tomorrow as my pharmacist feels I will benefit more from a stronger strength with a tad of estrogen mixed in because both my progesterone and my estrdiol were low. I saw much improvement from the over the counter progesterone cream and my doctor assures me that I'll feel even better with this combination. Certainly beats beta blockers and blood pressure meds!

Mar 23, 2011
Heart condition
by: Wray

Hi June I'm so delighted the progesterone is helping you. Firstly the hot flushes, I've found 400mg/day for 4-5 days either stops them or reduces them dramatically. If you do opt for this high amount, please reduce very slowly, till you find the optimum. But before you do, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. This can occur when increasing the amount. And now the heart, it doesn't surprise me it's helped for two reasons. Firstly it could be blood glucose related. Progesterone does stop cravings as it stablises blood glucose, oestrogen causes cravings. If blood glucose drops too fast, too low, several things occur. The brain senses it's dropping too fast, so sends a message to the adrenals to make adrenaline. This is a message to the liver to convert glycogen (our stored glucose) into glucose. But adrenaline also causes the heart to race, plus nausea, hot flushes/sweating, dizziness, cold clammy skin to name a few symptoms. Progesterone also calms, it's a potent anxiolytic. So counteracts adrenaline's 'rush'. The second reason it could be helping I find a fascinating one. Oestrogen causes prolongation of the QT interval, which results in palpitations, arrhythmia and Torsades de Pointes. Whereas progesterone shortens the QT interval, see here, here, here, here and here. By shortening the QT interval progesterone stops the palpitations etc. I'm interested the other women have been helped, as men don't normally suffer from a QT problem, as they have a short interval, it's only women who have the problem. Understandably, as men only make a little oestrogen! Ultimately oestrogen is behind both the glucose problems and the QT interval. And of course progesterone suppresses excess oestrogen. It is safe to use progesterone daily, I do and have for 15 years now. If a woman has a cycle, it is best to follow it. Although I do recommend using it daily for 2-3 months to get rid of symptoms first, before following the cycle. We do have two pages you might like to see, one on Menopause, the other on How to use progesterone cream for pre-menopausal women. Take care Wray

Mar 24, 2011
Heart Condition
by: Wray

Hi Kay I'm so pleased the progesterone helped you! And that you are using 100mg/day, anything less I've found doesn't work, or takes too long. Take care Wray

Mar 24, 2011
heart racing
by: Wray

Hi there It's wonderful the OTC progesterone helped you, although the amount was probably very low. I've found the amounts recommended generally are. As I said in my answer to your 'hormonal rush', please be cautious of the added oestrogen. And if your heart starts racing again, take those papers I gave you on the QT interval to your pharmacist. I believe you only need the progesterone. Take care Wray

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