Iím 40 now and since the age of 32 Iíve had heart function irregularities due to:
ē Caffeine Ė (tea or coffee)
ē Lack of sleep
ē Lack of food
ē White carbohydrate intake (white bread, pasta, potatoes etc)
ē Sugar intake
I remember the problems all started when during a game of squash; I had an involuntary severe heart muscle spasm (extreme rapid firing heart beat), which then afterwards left me out of breath with irregular beats, weak beats, as well as stopping then starting with harder beats. These symptoms occurred on a daily basis for about 4 years but thankfully over time has largely corrected itself.
I havenít drank tea or coffee in years since caffeine has caused me to have palpitations ever since. I came to the conclusion that it must have effected my heartís natural electrical pulse.
My diet plays a huge part in my well being.
Thankfully, my doctor - (Dr Farmhi), recognised my symptoms as glycaemic related and suggested I try and follow a GI Low diet, which has helped to a large extent but hasnít by any means eliminated my problems. There is a definite link to my problems with my intake of any white carbohydrates or sugar intake:
Eg: - 1 biscuit, 1 small piece of chocolate, etc causes the above nasty heart spasm and breathless symptoms which stay in my system for 4 + days, (are these whatís known as sugar spikes?). My blood is being polluted and putting my life in danger and I feel powerless.
Iím afraid that my condition might be worsening and that not enough is being done for the prevention of my condition. I need some answers. Iíve been disappointed in previous visits to different doctors and even heart specialists who have failed to even acknowledge my symptoms as being linked to carb and sugar intake. Instead they have said itís in my mind which it clearly is not. This has left me feeling depressed, my whole faith in them is in question.
Having kept a health diary and monitoring my diet - I now know that my unpleasant symptoms are a direct result of carb and sugar intake. Health forums on the internet re-affirm this conclusion with many people sharing my problems with similar problems following the same pattern:
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Is there a name for this condition? Can you direct me to a specialist who knows about it?
I feel that everyday Iím running the gauntlet with my food intake and have had many nasty shocks by eating foods with hidden sugars which have left me literally fearing for my life.
Is there any medication I should be taking to prevent these problems?
ē Beta blockers?
ē Any vitamin supplements?
(I take magnesium every other day)
ē Should I take half an aspirin every day?
Two weeks ago I started cycling on a regular basis incuding climbing and walking. I felt my fitness really improving and felt my life changing for the better. However all that was dashed when 2 nights ago I had 2 belgium chock chip cookies and have been suffering for it ever since. I woke in the middle of that night with palpitations and weak heart beat, with the usual pains and tingling sensations in my leg vains. Over the next 70+ hrs Iím experiencing heart muscle spasms when I barely exert myself - Eg - walking etc. Itís really unpleasant!!
The other symptoms I experience are simultaneous pains in my veins (mainly legs). Could this sensation be due to sugar or cholesterol clotting? Even though Iíve been experiencing this discomfort for quite some time now, itís still very distressing and debilitating for me.
Is it a heart condition that I have or blood/circularity problem?
My grandad died aged 56 from a heart attack and my father has a history of high blood preasure.
Do I need to be tested for the following?
Do I have abnormally high heart plaque?
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Iíve had some blood tests but nothing irregular had shown up. Is this because my body changes so rapidly?
I have so many unanswered questions and worry about my future Ė please help me.
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... My blood is being polluted and putting my life in danger and I feel powerless.
What do you mean by: "blood is being polluted"?
There is a definite link to my problems with my intake of any white carbohydrates or sugar intake:
Eg: - 1 biscuit, 1 small piece of chocolate, etc causes the above nasty heart spasm and breathless symptoms which stay in my system for 4 + days, (are these whatís known as sugar spikes?).
Is there a name for this condition?
Your symptoms, problems and reactions are very similar to what I will experience if I don't adhere to my very strict diet. In my case, I get most of the same problems, as you, but I also had soaring blood pressure readings during the evening among other things.
I don't know if we share the same dreadful condition, but in my case it is called "Insulin Resistance", which is a pre-Diabetes condition. Insulin Resistance is also a symptom of Metabolic Syndrome.
After a very long time of researching my health problems, I finally linked my problems to Insulin Resistance. I posted a question about, what I had thought that I found, on HealthBoards, in January 2005, under a thread called: " Does an "Insulin Resistance" diet improve blood pressure?", at the following direct link: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=242229
or..... you can just do your own research on Insulin Resistance (or Metabolic Syndrome) to see how well it fits you.
Best of luck and health!
CHF, A-Fib, HBP, Diabetes, Asthma doing great