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I'm struggling to understand something about skipped heartbeats. I've had them for years, and the past week I've not had many at all.
Today I counted a handful that I noticed. Nothing unusual there. But, at 10pm I went to the shop for milk and picked up some chocolate and sugar snacks. I rarely eat sugar/chocolate and thought I'd treat myself.
I ate them all (yes too much chocolate lol)
30 minutes later my heart does it's crazy dance. The only way I can describe these skips is like a fish flopping around for a second, then it stops and a minute later happens again.
I had them bad for 10 minutes and then decided to stand up. And like magic they're gone. They haven't returned for the past 45 minutes.
What gives? How can sugar/chocolate and sitting down all seem to cause the horrible skips?
You see, I get different types of skips. Sometimes they're like little birds flapping their wings type flutters. Other times they're hard jolts/thuds. Other times they're the flip flop pause feeling.
Feels like they come from the lower heart area. Something to do with the stomach or vagus nerve maybe. Who knows.
It's so annoying!
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Caffeine and sugar, known causes of all that you endured I'm afraid. I'm not sure if you can get caffeine free chocolate or not, but white choc may be better
I may try some white chocolate and see what happens tomorrow. I've read something about dark chocolate too but I can't be certain.
Ok, white chocolate contains zero caffeine but high refined sugar so you may see if it's the sugar or not.
Have you tried eating for your blood type. If you are not eating dark chocolate, the milk chocolate and sugar is hard for your liver to detox. The wrong foods will negatively effect your rhythm. I speak from experience. Go to check yours. Dr. Dadamo wrote Eating for Your Blood Type almost twenty years ago. It will make a difference. All of my episodes have taken place around 2 am when the liver is working overtime to detox. You may need a more alkaline type of diet.
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My EP said no chocolate and limit all other sweet things,no caffeine, alcohol, or medicines for coughs and colds!
wine has always given me palpitations and coffee has always made my heart race so it made sense to me.
diet is very important as it relates directly to the heart. It's trial and error as we are all different.
keep the vagus nerve calm!
Hi James...you described it perfectly !.....I eat lots of chocolate and didn't know it cause this.I have had AF for 2 yrs and am still trying to understand it....Thanks for sharing this....I will cut out the chocs and see if there is any improvement.
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