Fish Oil Pills and Fast Heart Rate

  • TheBrad

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    Mar 26, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    I've been taking fish oil pills for a little over a month now and I am just now noticing that my heart is beating a little fast. I feel fine, I'm not overly energetic, and I'm not sleepy/sluggish.

    Have any of you experienced your heart beating a little faster than normal after taking fish oil pills?

    I'm pretty sure a fast heart beat is not a good thing if it's not caused from some sort of exercise or emotion. Are there any other alternatives with similar benefits?
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    Apr 01, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    Oh, great. My doctor just told me last week to take 4 fish oil pills a day, because my cholesterol is dangerously high, and I don't respond to meds for it. I'd like to hear more about this potential side-effect, since my heart rate is already high, too.
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    Apr 02, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
    I'm interested too can you provide any other details?
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    Apr 02, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    I've never noticed a higher heart rate while taking fish oil, but I have noticed that while on it I don't experience heart palpitations.

    I haven't taken it in a few months, though, and the palpitations have come back. So, I'm going to have to get some more as soon as possible.

    Perhaps it is the brand you're taking, TheBrad? I was taking Spring Valley and didn't notice anything odd.
  • vbbri

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    Apr 02, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    First, you should talk to your medical practitioner as soon as possible. A faster heart rate is not a cause due to Omega fatty acids found in fish oil, flax, or olive oil. Switch brands, USP or NSF certified are good, but there are also good quality products made by Nordic Naturals and New Chapter. I take a mixture of Omega 3, 6, and 9s without any issues.
  • islander24

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    Apr 02, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    I would certainly check with a GP.
    Not all fish oil are alike . In fact a lot are really poor. Even the ones at GNCor drug stores may mean you need a dozen capsules a day !
    DO NOT LOOK AT THE FRONT LABEL where it says 1000 or 1200 mg.
    READ THE BACK . My cardiologist pointed out, check for the amount of EPA and DHA. You want to take a minimum 1000 mg of those daily. Thus in my case, two capsules can do it.

    Most just have a dash meaning they are not measurable.
    The cheapest , best brand I found are sold through Sam's Club and cost about $15 for 150 capsules .
    I have been on them three years and seem to be working. Also the fish oil/ omega threes help with joints.
    Bob
  • TheBrad

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    Apr 02, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    This is what I am taking:

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    I didn't see anything about it being USP or NSF certified on the bottle. So I guess that's not a good thing. I picked them up at Kroger because they had a buy one get one free sale. I've been taking them with each meal as instructed too.

    Here's a link to what the nutrition facts list (won't link properly because it's a pdf):

    http://images.vitaminimages.com/cdn/sd/pdf/L045339-RF.pdf

    Maybe you guys can find something. Since this posting I haven't been taking them and everything seems to be fine. I did a little "online researching" in regards to this and I found this article:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/284559-fish-oil-heart-palpitations/

    Thanks for the suggestions, fellas. I will be comparing and contrasting your brands to this one I had been taking. I will be going in to get looked at soon. *crosses fingers* Hope everything is okay!
  • musclmed

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    Apr 02, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    TheBrad saidThis is what I am taking:

    045339.jpg

    I didn't see anything about it being USP or NSF certified on the bottle. So I guess that's not a good thing. I picked them up at Kroger because they had a buy one get one free sale. I've been taking them with each meal as instructed too.

    Here's a link to what the nutrition facts list (won't link properly because it's a pdf):

    http://images.vitaminimages.com/cdn/sd/pdf/L045339-RF.pdf

    Maybe you guys can find something. Since this posting I haven't been taking them and everything seems to be fine. I did a little "online researching" in regards to this and I found this article:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/284559-fish-oil-heart-palpitations/

    Thanks for the suggestions, fellas. I will be comparing and contrasting your brands to this one I had been taking. I will be going in to get looked at soon. *crosses fingers* Hope everything is okay!



    Fish oil and faster heart rate would be a rare side effect provided that maybe you are on a beta blocker and some how the medication is not being absorbed.

    You never mentioned HOW FAST.
  • TheBrad

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    Apr 02, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    I'm not sure how to determine "how fast" my heart was beating as I didn't have the proper equipment around to figure that out. I just know that it was beating fast.
  • musclmed

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    Apr 02, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    TheBrad saidI'm not sure how to determine "how fast" my heart was beating as I didn't have the proper equipment around to figure that out. I just know that it was beating fast.


    See your doctor. Its sounds like a real symptom.
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    Apr 02, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    TheBrad saidI've been taking fish oil pills for a little over a month now and I am just now noticing that my heart is beating a little fast. I feel fine, I'm not overly energetic, and I'm not sleepy/sluggish.

    Have any of you experienced your heart beating a little faster than normal after taking fish oil pills?

    I'm pretty sure a fast heart beat is not a good thing if it's not caused from some sort of exercise or emotion. Are there any other alternatives with similar benefits?
    have ya seen a doctor???
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    Apr 02, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    Why are you taking them if they cause you this trouble? There are other ways to get Omega-3s naturally.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 06, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    I've never had a problem out of fish oil. Except when they say no fish burps and I still taste it. Ick.
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    Apr 06, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    WhoreMasterBlaster said
    What brand are you taking? Is it USP ( United States Pharmacopeial Convention) certified?


    On a side note how does one judge the quality of fish oil since I don't see approval labels on any bottles.

    I take the ALDI branded Welby Heath brand. Cheap store but I can't argue with $1.68 bottles.
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    Apr 08, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    If anything is going to cause a side effect it will do it to me. I can get rushed to the ER if I take Nyquil. I take Fish oil with no problems, have for years. I would see the Doctor as soon as you can, it could be unrelated.
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    Apr 08, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    Are you drinking coffee before checking your heart rate?