Hey Miss Button,
Welcome to HealingWell and the Heart/Cardiovascular Disease Forum. I believe you have a right to feel anxious as a heartrate of 160 BPM would sure send my anxiety through the roof. Good to know you are wearing a holter monitor/event recorder.
When you eat food, the organs involved with digestion (the stomach, intestines etc.) require considerably more blood than normal. This diverts blood away from other major organs (the heart, brain and lungs etc.) Because of this the body has to work harder to meet the bodies demand for oxygen and increases the BP and pulse to account for it. However that being said, 160 is fast even considering the digestion process.
Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation ( a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) at the time of your fast heartbeat.
If your Dr. feels you may have a food allergy setting off the tachycardia hopefully he will recommend a dietician to help you identify the foods.
Keep on talking with us and please know we care.
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