About 10 years ago, I noticed my heart would skip a beat every once in a while. About 7 years, I was at the doctor's and he was listening to my heart and started freaking out--hooked me up to an EKG, which spit out the message "Irregular heartbeat, left anterior ventricular block". He sent me to a heart specialist, they hooked me up to a holter monitor which recorded my heart for 24 hrs. End result: I have a minor heart conduction issue. It skips a beat a couple times a minute, sometimes skips every other beat, sometimes normal for hours. I was pretty unhealthy back then, but it's still there now and I've been pretty darn healthy for the last year or so. Wonder if it will ever go away. Any experience with this, hackers?
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on July 13, 2011
at 08:02 PM
As much as I love paleo hacks, when it comes to your heart you should see a specialist as opposed to getting anonymous non-specific to your situation advice on the internet. Some here have undoubtedly had heart or other conditions clear up after going paleo, but their situation may not be the same as yours.
I'd even be leery of the doctors on this site if they were to offer advice because they don't know your history.
If you had a clone in storage in your basement so that you could take his healthy heart if our advice didn't work out for you, then I'd be the first to recommend paleo hacks. But until you clone yourself, see a specialist - or two.
on July 13, 2011
at 07:49 PM
thyroid and heart function are intertwined. it could be your thyroid.
on July 14, 2011
at 12:45 PM
My son has right bundle branch block subsequent to open heart surgery as a baby. Literally, some of the nerves to that section of the heart were cut during surgery. He's fine. The heart still beats. It's just that that section of the heart gets the signal to beat from another pathway slightly slower than it should.
You're describing 2 different things. You have a bundle branch block. And. You seem to be describing PVCs that come and go, get closer together, and further apart at times. The bundle branch block is always there. It doesn't change. It doesn't get worse. It may cause you to be more susceptible to PVCs, but it's not the direct cause of them. Things like stress, caffeine, stress, heavy exercise, and stress can cause PVCs to get worse. Cortisol loves a PVC, so stress is often the cause of worsening PVCs.
If you've already been checked out by a cardiologist, I wouldn't worry about it too much. From personal experience, I can say that if I go too low carb and stay there for a while, sleep starts to suffer, and I'll start throwing a crapload of PVCs. I assume it's a cortisol issue, and I just don't stay there long.
The standard disclaimers apply here. I'm not a doctor. I'm not giving medical advice. Blah, blah, blah. This is just my own understanding of both my son's heart problems and my own.
on July 14, 2011
at 12:34 AM
I have previously worked in a cardiac office as an exercise physiologist and am currently working towards my doctorate and I feel I can confidently say that without the EKG tracing it would be impossible to know with any certainty what is going on.
If they are Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) those are generally very benign in nature, but can be a sign of future problems if very frequent. They are several conductive pathways in the heart, and several different afflictions of each. Without more details it would be impossible to know. There are also different types of PVCs....you can see where I'm going with this.
A max stress test with EKG tracing could come in handy to see if you have any problems that arise with an elevated heartbeat. It should be pretty easy to find a place to have this done, and it's a very simple test. Just get hooked up to an EKG and run until you can't! If nothing else, getting on a treadmill and maxing yourself out while being monitored should at least put your mind at ease.
on July 13, 2011
at 09:40 PM
I've had issues like this since I was 19 and I was in a heck of a lot better shape then than I am now at 33. Went to the emergency room when it first started, went through the normal procedure of EKG and blood tests, and was told it was premature ventricular contraction, or PVC.
I dealt with it for years until it seemed to go away at around the age of 25. I started having palpitations again about two years ago, went to my doctor, who did another EKG and sent me to a heart specialist. The heart specialists put me on an EKG machine for 24 hours and did two ultrasounds and told me the same thing the ER personnel did, PVC. Supposedly heart palpitations are fairly normal, occurring in something like 20% of men and 10% of women, most of whom have no idea it happens. PVC is supposed to be non life threatening unless it's coupled with another issue like high/low blood pressure.
Eating Paleo has seemed to help with my symptoms. I started eating Paleo at the end of February and have only noticed palpitations twice since then.
I've found that if I don't dwell on the palpitations they seem to go away, if I stress out over them my blood pressure goes up and the palpitations increase. One thing I was told by both the ER and the specialist is that they may go away they may not, it all seems to do with the individual.