What is the term for this condition? - page 5

Can anyone help me out here? What's it called when a person has a different heart rate on one arm...i.e. one arm reads 44 and the other reads 88... Thanks :imbar... Read More

  1. by   Palpitations
    Quote from earle58
    isn't that comparable to something like 'just because you can't hear it doesn't mean it wasn't said?'
    Also, it's kind of like "If it isn't written, it wasn't done." Get's nurses in trouble all the time.

    :stone
    Last edit by Palpitations on Jun 27, '04 : Reason: Messed up on the quote
  2. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from dphrn
    ... I took the OP to mean is it possible to palpate a different radial pulse rate on each arm. If I am assessing a pt and get a rate of 60 on one arm and 80 on the other, I have actually palpated a significant rate (not rhythm) difference and whatever the underlying cause, further evaluation is needed...
    Absolutely correct.
  3. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Palpitations
    ... The doctor just told me to take oral magnesium for six days. My magnesium level went back up to 2.0. Later, it went back down to 1.8 (I was symptomatic then too.)...
    Palp -- What kind of a mag did you take?

    Mag oxide is known to not be well-absorbed. Recall citrate is the way to go.

    Keep us posted.
  4. by   Palpitations
    Quote from LarryG
    Palp -- What kind of a mag did you take?

    Mag oxide is known to not be well-absorbed. Recall citrate is the way to go.

    Keep us posted.
    It was Mag Ox. I don't understand why they didn't put me in the hospital overnoc so that I could be monitored. What does your hospital consider a critical magnesium level to be?
  5. by   Drysolong
    Quote from LarryG
    Palp -- What kind of a mag did you take?

    Mag oxide is known to not be well-absorbed. Recall citrate is the way to go.

    Keep us posted.
    [QUOTE=Drysolong] What is Mag oxide? I ask because I take a powdered (mix with liquid) magnesium supplement which is excellent. (I am a beginning LPN student, sorry if I sound uninformed)
  6. by   Palpitations
    To those that suggested that I asked the doctor about a wearing a holter monitor: Ok, I was told to advocate for myself as I would a patient (good advice btw). I called the doctor's office today and I spoke with her nurse and told her about my symptoms; and I asked if she thought that I would benefit by wearing a Holter monitor. She said that she would notify the doctor.

    I will let you know how this comes out.

    Thanks

  7. by   Palpitations
    Update: I'm going in tomorrow to get the Holter monitor.

    I'll let you know what the results are.

  8. by   Havin' A Party!
    [QUOTE=Drysolong]
    Quote from Drysolong
    What is Mag oxide?...
    Magnesium oxide -- only about 4% of the Mg is absorbed, if I recall correctly. That leaves a lot of it in the bowel to act as a laxative.

    Mg glycinate (best), also called chelated magnesium, is much better absorbed. Citrate is also good.
  9. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Palpitations
    It was Mag Ox... What does your hospital consider a critical magnesium level to be?
    Palp -- Please check my previous response to Dry.

    Think the most accurate test for Mg is an intercellular one which is rarely done (expensive). Most of the Mg in our bodies is in the cells.

    Don't know our facility's guideline for serum Mg.

    Good luck today!
  10. by   Palpitations
    Well the preliminary report is: Lowest heart rate - 64; Highest heart rate - 141; and mean - 90; and one pvc. No SVT. They have to let a cardiologist read it to let me know anything more.

    It didn't help that I didn't have any real bouts of palpitations while wearing the Holter monitor. I was told that it could take the cardiologist up to a week to read the report.
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Palpitations
    ... Lowest heart rate - 64; Highest heart rate - 141...
    Palp -- I take it you were in NSR?
  12. by   sarpa
    Ithink it is called pulse pressure
  13. by   Palpitations
    Quote from LarryG
    Palp -- I take it you were in NSR?
    The nurse didn't say. She just said to keep my 2D Echo appointment. I'm going to be really irritable waiting for that day. It isn't until July 18th. The stress from waiting could make me stroke out! :angryfire

    I keep thinking that I may have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).

    Oh well, I just have to try and be calm and wait.

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