Posted by Nancy on May 06, 1999 at 14:59:56
I'm a 36 year old non-smoker who has been having heart palpitations shortly
after eating, this happens almost every day, almost every meal. I've been
told I have mitral valve prolapse but this hasn't bothered me. I do take
antibiotics for dental visits. I quit smoking 10 months ago after smoking
1 pack/day for 5 years.
My biggest concern is that I get the feeling of congestion in my head and
I need to cough often when this is going on. If I sit up tall, the
palpitations seem to get worse.
The only thing each episode seems to have in common is the timing with my
eating a meal. This does not matter if I'm eating at work, eating at home,
etc. Could this be diet related? Could it just be the timing?
Posted by CCF CARDIO MD - MTR on May 06, 1999 at 22:46:15
Dear Nancy, thank you for your question. I doubt your palpitations are being caused by eating, but it may be that you just notice palpitations more after a meal. In addition to tobacco, other precipitants of palpitations are alcohol and caffeine. These precipitants should be avoided. The best thing for you to do is to see your own physician to get this problem evaluated, but I doubt there's anything serious.
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