New to keto, worried about how this will affect my heart conditions.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Hi, So I started doing a Keto diet about 3 weeks ago with the last 2 weeks being more strict. I'm basically getting around 15 carbs a day, and 65-70% of my calories coming from fat, and the rest from protein.

A little background on me and what lead me to a keto diet. I used to play professional soccer in Europe but got diagnosed with borderline LVH (No, not athletes heart) so I had to stop my career early. I continued to exercise after that going to the gym 5-6 days a week as well as running 20-25 Km per week, and didn't have any problems. A couple of years ago I developed Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST) .So I basically had to stop all exercise and limit myself to brisk walking. Over the last two years I've gained some weight. About 20-25 lbs, and have been very frustrated since a basic dieting wasn't working for my weight loss because of the lack of exercise. Did a little research and this led me to Keto. Well the other day my girl friend sent me some links that suggested a Keto diet could cause carydiomyopathy and Long Qt, which of course really worried me since the last thing I want is cardiac symptoms as a result of this diet. From what I could find these cardiac symptoms were related to selenium defeciency, but I didn't find much information on the subject. All I could find was the same 2-3 small studies re-hashed. I'm still young, only 28 years old, and would like to continue on this diet until I reach my target weight and than slowly move into a paleo diet, but the possibility of heart complications has really scared me at the moment. The first week on this diet I felt amazing, my heart rate and blood pressure both dropped, but the last week I have noticed a slight increase in heart rate, and blood pressure, which I don't know if I should attribute to my IST (sometimes it's worse than other times) or the diet. Does anyone have any more information about how this diet affects the heart, and in what kind of a time line. I know I could see a cardiologist or dr about this, but I live in Canada so a cardialogist appointment would take months, maybe more if I just want to discuss my diet, and I'm not too sure my family Dr knows too much on the subject. Any in sight or information would be greatly appreciated. Someone on another website referred me here because they said there are a couple of Drs who post here regularly so I was hoping for some medical opinions, but I welcome all and any opinions/information on the subject.

Thank you in advance.



on July 23, 2013
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on July 24, 2013
at 08:13 PM

You can search for paleo-friendly doctors in your area, and find someone who can see your complete medical history and examine and monitor you. That way you'll have good advice from someone who understands your whole picture.



on July 24, 2013
at 12:28 AM

If it has you freaked you could start paleo and move to keto later. Peter at Hyperlipid http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/ has some great science and health info. Good luck.



on July 23, 2013
at 08:39 PM

I don't know the specific post, but it may be worth searching for "ketosis" on Peter Attia's brilliant site: http://eatingacademy.com/

Also, recommend reading this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Science-Carbohydrate-Living/dp/0983490708



on July 23, 2013
at 08:42 PM

reputable physicians don't offer medical opinion on internet sites.
you might get pointed towards relevant information with someone's interpretation of the information, but if you really are concerned about consuming a ketogenic diet, err on the side of caution and do something else



on July 23, 2013
at 08:53 PM

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