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Wed, Aug 28 10:25pm · Palpitations in Heart Rhythm Conditions

During my first pregnancy, if I drank anything hot or cold, my heart would race and I would be out of breath…sitting still. And it was a vagal nerve issue. I was afraid not enough O2 was getting to the baby but the doctor didn't seem concerned at all. I found that strange at the time…and still today.

Wed, Aug 21 10:18am · Unknown Body Odor in Digestive Health

How horrible for you…especially at your young age where friendships are so important. I saw a documentary once about just such a condition. Someone worked in an office and no one could tolerate the smell of this person. It turned out that he had a liver condition; nothing serious. It was due to an inability to handle protein, as I recall. Have a scan of your liver. Also check for diabetes. Cut out all sugars and eat plenty of vegetables and drink lots of water. I'd love to hear that this made a difference. If you are overweight, lose weight. I also read that obese people have a strong body odour not due to a lack of cleanliness but just due to the condition. This could be because of what they eat (high carb diet). Your body is telling you something. You need to listen. Good luck!

Tue, Aug 13 1:43pm · Extra beat in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hello Jadilow, I'm sure I have said this 10x on this forum…but I will tell the story again. When I saw a cardiologist for the first time with wildly erratic beats…all the time; all night and all day, he said and I quote, "For every 10 people who come to see me with skipped beats, I treat only 1…and you are the 1." He diagnosed me with atrial fibrillation. My daughter although only 24 years old also had skipped beats and I took her to the cardiologist who said she was fine and that lots of people have them. He said that it is only when you feel faint and weak like you are going to pass out (which was my condition) because of them that you need to be medicated. I was always having to take breaths…every few seconds in order to get enough oxygen. Btw my daughter is 38 years old now and still has skipped beats and she is absolutely fine.
Heart pain is generally moving…again the cardiologist told me this. It doesn't stay still in one spot as is the case with you. That is when stress and muscle tension is suspected. Move your arms around and get some exercise which boosts serotonin/feel-good hormones.
As the Russians advise, "Go and walk near running water and it will do you so much good."
Maybe you need to ask yourself, Jadilow WHERE this fear is coming from. You have had all the tests and more. (I had a Holter monitor for 24 hours and it malfunctioned because of too many beats! LOLOL!) Are you experiencing some family strife or are you afraid of advancing age, being alone, death?…
Maybe seeing a psychologist to help you sort things out could help. What do you think?

Mon, Aug 12 9:17pm · Heart Rhythm Episodes in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Exboater, your case is exactly as mine was…before I cured myself. Like you, alcohol, caffeine, stress and any upset made my arrhythmia worse…and for me, sugar made my heart race. Pushing my heart…as in aerobic activity every day resulted inside 4 weeks being able to gradually lower my beta blocker dose to ZERO! The cardiologist said my atrial fibrillation would come back but as long as I did not drink those stimulating things, I rarely even experienced blips. I hope you can achieve the same thing.

Fri, Aug 9 7:21am · Palpitations in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Maybe by 'breathe' the doctor meant to breathe slow, steady breaths when palpitations occur?… How many beats are there per minute at rest when you are having an episode of palpitations? Are they even? How often does this happen? Do they come on after coffee or tea…like mine did?
When it happens does coughing or 'bearing down' like you are giving birth, help? One poster recently wrote that putting her face in cold water was the only thing that helped her heart simmer down.
If I were you, I would do 3 things:
1. Cut out all caffeine drinks/food and alcohol. Whenever I drank coffee, my heart would race.
2. Cut out all sugary foods and cut back on carbs in general which means upping the veggie/fruit intake to 6 – 10 servings per day.
3. Get out and exercise every day. To my doctor's absolute shock and surprise, I cured my serious case of atrial fibrillation (erratic and racing beats) by going to the gym every day for aerobic exercise.
The cardiologist told me that he only medicates (last resort) 1 in 10 patients who go to him with episodes of erratic heartbeats and palpitations. I was the 1 in 10 because my heart was constantly out of rhythm, racing and I felt faint…because not enough oxygen was getting to my brain. And I was only 46 years old. You are probably fine and just need to do a few lifestyle changes as I mentioned above. Think of the palpitations as your body warning you to get in shape, keep off the sugars and caffeine. The doctor must have found your palpitations to be non life threatening which is GOOD NEWS. Still, YOU are your own first 'health care provider' and you need to be aware of what is going on with your body, to do the necessary research and to take care of your body.
Think of it as your body is a wonderful gift that was given to you. It would be disrespectful to not treat it well and take good care of it.
Good luck!

Thu, Aug 8 10:16pm · Palpitations in Heart Rhythm Conditions

You were told to just breathe?… That sounds like someone is not taking you seriously; is making light of your situation. Is this person/doctor mocking you?

Tue, Aug 6 3:25pm · Heart Rhythm Episodes in Heart Rhythm Conditions

One should definitely NOT drink alcohol or ingest any foods or drinks with caffeine.
Speaking of GERD, I recently made the connection between bread and GERD. I didn't want to believe it but I cut it out and my GERD symptoms of severe burning which required many TUMS per day, stopped abruptly. An example of doing one's own research and trying to figure things out for oneself.
I have been taking magnesium citrate for years to help at bedroom with sleep and to keep regular. An article on magnesium worth reading is the following:

Tue, Aug 6 10:21am · Heart Rhythm Episodes in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I agree with you 100%. I had such severe arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation) that I didn't have 3 steady beats in a row. I was tested etc..and put on beta blockers. The highest dose was required which the cardiologist said was a danger in itself and to try to lower the dose. But even reducing a bit caused the A.F. to return in full force.
I was only 45 years old and felt like an old lady. I was determined to be well again and I started my research which was before the internet…so I was in the library. I read that lower estrogen can cause arrhythmias so I got a doctor to give me estrogen (unopposed with progesterone which can lead to reproductive cancers). On the estrogen my arrhythmia stopped even after gradually getting off the beta blockers. My GP was shocked to discover I was on unopposed estrogen and prescribed progesterone to go along with the estrogen and the arrhythmia returned and required beta blockers but half the dose.
I researched some more and read that pushing the heart through aerobic exercise can steady arrhythmias. I joined a gym and did an hour of aerobics every day but Sunday. Within a month, I was off the beta blockers (gradually reducing…very important). I continued with the daily exercise for another 3 months. My cardiologist said it wouldn't last. I would soon be back. Well, here I am 25 years later with no arrhythmia. However, my heart will skip occasional beats if I drink coffee or have caffeine in any form or drink alcohol or have stimulant medications (decongestant or dental freezing) So I avoid all these things.
All this is to say that as you said, slynnb, do not put the doctor on a pedestal. I've always considered doctors as a resource with myself in charge of my case. Don't follow blindly what the doctor says without being fully informed. Do your own research and take responsibility for your own health. And make sure your sources are credible…such as the Mayo Clinic here.
What I am writing here about hormone therapy and aerobic activity working for me, you need to research and discuss with your own cardiologist.