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Statin raises my heart rate so I use Niacin
whofncares posted:
Statin raises my heart rate so I use Niacin, anyone else have a similar issue?
iride6606 responded:
Your question prompted me to pull out a paper I was familiar with that actually explained how statins were being tested for their ability to protect against rhythm issues. From the summary;

most clinical evidence from all these studies supports a potential protective role of statins against arrhythmia development. Additionally, clinical data suggest that these antiarrhythmic properties of statins may, at least in part, account for the statin-induced decrease in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Also, direct mechanisms were proposed to explain this effect, such as a statin-induced regulation of the autonomic tone as well as a modulation of repolarization disturbances.

Interesting question, I can post the link of you like.
bobby75703 responded:
Niacin also has the potential to raise heart rate. Look at the literature. It happened to me. Thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest.
litalee replied to bobby75703's response:
they started me on Atrovastatin I also thought my heart was beating very fast, and there seemed to be a 10 pound weight on my chest. I only took it three days before i said no way. before that I had NEVER experienced heart burn but i found out what it was, I thought I was having a heart attack, and I have had heartburn that no antacid has been able to alleviate many times since. I am now trying niacin-no flush. so far no side effects. I would much rather take a holistic approach, I feel like doctors want to medicate the symptom instead of fix the problem.

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