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Miss Button
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   Posted 6/30/2012 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I can see from reading some of the posts that some of you are struggling - so sorry to read - I am in the same boat :(

I feel like I'm paralysed with fear - I've had skipped heart beats for quite some time- (10 year on and off) had investigations done and all came back benign. Recently I had an episode where my heart rate accelerated more than 160 bpm - this freaked me out. This episode lasted for well over an hour -- Prior to this I had been up all night worrying about my daughter as I had to take her to the casualty department of our local hospital, she is okay now but I'm not! Since this day I've been struggling with tachycardia and I'm nnow under the care of my cardiologist - I have a heart event monitor which I switch on and hold against my wrist when I'm having an episode. I've become so afraid of these 'events' that I find it hard to get on with my life and the slightest increase in my heart rate worries me although I do stay calm - I've been keeping a food diary during the last week and I can see a pattern occuring -- My heart goes crazy approximately 45 mins to an hour after I've eaten something so now I'm afraid to eat. I've eliminated carbs from my diet, like bread, pasta and potatoes -- I'm eating more protein and so far I haven't had an episode. Has anyone else experienced a fast heart rate after eating? I would love to hear your stories. I'm sorry about grammar or spelling - haven't checked my post but to be honest it's not important to me, but this heart thing is!! shakehead

getting by
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   Posted 6/30/2012 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Miss Button,

I am not a regular moderator here, but I would like to welcome you to the forum. I am understanding that stress also effects you? I would try to keep life as stress free as possible. It really does effect us negatively.

Other than that, welcome from all of us. There are many kind members here.

Take care, try to relax...

Hugs, Karen
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Miss Button
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   Posted 7/1/2012 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Karen,
Thank you very much for the warm welcome.
Stress really does affect me,
I'm sure you gathered that from my post.
I have health anxiety so trying to deal with something like this is difficult for me.
Thanks again for your post,
Looking forward to getting to know you all.

*HUGS*

Jess :-)

getting by
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   Posted 7/1/2012 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jess,

Stress has effected my health my whole life. I am learning to take life one day at a time and that helps a lot for me. I hope it can help you too. The stress isn't worth it. It is hard though I know. Keep posting... I hope you are having a good day...

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/2/2012 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
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.
 
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt
 
 
~~Kitt~~
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Miss Button
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   Posted 7/4/2012 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for your post, Kitt, and thank you for explaining the physiology of digestion - really appreciate that. I just wanted to add that I also have IBS and sometimes I am bloated and tend to belch after meals. I've been sticking mainly to a protein diet during the last week and my portions are a lot smaller. So far I haven't had another major event and my IBS has cleared up -- I still get a pounding heart when I wake up in the morning but it usually gets better when I've been awake for 10 minutes or so. I'm not sure if the tachcardia is related to my digestion and vagal nerve -- It's a mystery to me - I suffer with health anxiety so dealing with this is hard -- I'm also googling - I can't help it really as I'm trying to look for answers. Thank you for giving me a soft place to fall.


Jess
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