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djmendoza 10-11-2013 21:50

Rapid Heartbeat
I've been on LCHF for about 2 months now. BG is well controlled. However, I've noticed that my heartbeat has been going up. It has been in the 90's to 103 lately, sometimes even while resting. I've woken up and I could feel my heartbeat pounding hard and fast. What could I be doing or eating that would cause this? Could this be all in my head? Am I going crazy?

I've read VeeJay's post while doing a search for rapid heartbeat, so I'm going to cut down on the fat for now. I'm also going to stop drinking coffee for now even though I only have that once in a while. I don't know if I should exercise more or totally stop for now. I play tennis and ride my bike at least once a week. I also walk for about 45min-1hr at least twice a week.

If you have any suggestion or have gone through what I'm going through with the rapid heartbeat, I'd appreciate your input.

Patdart 10-11-2013 22:09

I've had a fast pulse most of my life. Consequently, I see a cardiologist. Maybe you should talk to your doctor for a referral?

Dodie37737 10-12-2013 00:05

I too have rapid heartbeat at times. Mine starts with a trigger that sends me into a possible panic attack. I have PTSD and sometimes anxiety, panic attacks etc can cause it. Only way to really know is have your doctor check you out. Sometimes caffeine can do it also. Lots of different things can do it and cannot pinpoint them. Only your dr. can.

djmendoza 10-12-2013 02:18

Unfortunately, I was laid off and currently don't have health insurance. Have not seen a doctor for a while, and now that I need to I can't. That's what I get for thinking that things like this would never happen to me.

Shanny 10-12-2013 02:27

There are free clinics, DJ . . . that's the only way I got my diabetes diagnosis. I was uninsured for years & years before I finally got old enough to qualify for Medicare. Check the phone book for free clinics in your town. If my backwoods Ozark region has 'em, a decent-size metropolis will.

JT Reagan 10-12-2013 03:17

Two thoughts about the rapid heartbeats. When you wake with it, are you just coming out of a dream? Do you snore?
Also, how's the thyroid?

djmendoza 10-12-2013 06:01

JT, yes and no. I have been having some really weird dreams lately. According to my friends when we go out camping, I do snore so they put their tent far far away from mine. :) I know nothing about my thyroid.

tish 10-12-2013 08:09

When I was dx, I had it quite bad. Its settled down somewhat but not completely. It happens occasionally, on waking.
I was put through an ECG, (treadmill test), and the heart behaved normal. Typical.

djmendoza 10-12-2013 08:35

So what was causing your rapid heartbeat Tish? What have you done to settle it down? Did you take meds for it? I'm trying meditation but my head is telling me 'yeah right, this dont work'.

tish 10-12-2013 11:30

I have no idea, unless I have some excitement in my sleep I'm not aware of :D
I can even hear it when I wake up, something I was never attuned to before.

Umm.. I'm puzzled if somewhat unnerved, it is a strange feeling.

My doc recommended a cardiologist if I would rather, after the ECG, but not being overly doctor-friendly, I've put it on hold.

I do try to be sensible about resting a little more than I'm used to and I think when I do, I find my bs likes it too.

Oh I'm a big fan of meditation. I do so daily and find that for me it is calming and puts things in perspective. I went through a depression when my mom and hubby passed within 2 months, and Table Mountain became my strength to meditate on, coupled with early morning clean air. I couldn't start my day without going there first. It helped in more ways than one.

It's not easy when the mind is over-active to 'still' it at the beginning, but keep at it. I found that tapes and now of course CD's helped me get there. But it had to be ones that 'worked' for me, you know, like music.

Keep us posted on it.

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