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  • Effects of food

    Having been diagnosed with HCM back in October, I am just beginning to realise what efects different types of food have on the condition - I was wondering whether anyone else had seen this. Three days ago I started to experience an extreme sensation of my heart beat. This pretty much prevented me from sleeping as it was that strong - it didn't feel irregular but it was strong enough for me to feel my pulse through different parts of my body. I also felt as if my heart was floating. I thought I was going to have to see my cardiologist again. However, I thought about whether I had been eating anything different - and yes for 2 days before this and the 3 days of the symptoms I had been eating a lot of salads with salad onions. I stopped them on the third day and a few hours into the fourth day all the symptoms had gone. I haven't had the symptoms since. Has anyone else experienced this - it has happened before when I have had caffeine (I don't have any now) - are there other foods which can cause this?

  • #2

    yes. yes, yes. isn't it funny how we are all so surprised (myself included) when what we eat affects us so strongly? i mean, biologically our bodies are designed to breathe, digest, and reproduce. that's it! every thing else is gravy.

    the hcm heart is working overtime-all the time, so heavy meals, ice cold drinks/foods, spicy foods, anything that creates a charge or spike in the body's chemical engine is going to be a candidate for palpitations.

    Caffiene, alcohol, nicotine, and drugs are the most obvious and common culprits, but not the only ones by a far stretch. People sometimes forget that dark chocolate has caffiene (by the way).

    I don't know what you mean by "salad onions" (green?) but if your body was having a hard time digesting the increased amount of greens, that could have been it or perhaps you are sensitive to another ingredient or even the pesticides on the food.


    For me, sugar and cheese are like poison.


    • #3
      I find oils bother me the most.

      Salads bother me becuase of the dressing. So I usually get it on the side and dip a lil.

      Indian food is a big no no for me. A lot of oil used. Yet my most favorite YUMMY food of all.

      Deep fried food is taboo. Fries, Chicken, anything like that.


      • #4
        Eating in general for me is now a very planned event. If I am at work (restaurant manager) I will not eat because I know I have to run around and talk to guests, and help out my staff. I instead choose to eat when I get home so that if I get my normal "after I eat chest pains" I will be in the comfort of my home chillin' out with the remote.

        When I do eat outside of the home, I try to avoid carbs because they really make me feel like ****. I am definitely not on the "Atkins" plan, but if I stick to protein I feel fairly good.

        What a drag....Eating used to be such a fun exercise. Now it is a bit of a gamble... Will I feel good after I eat? who knows I REALLY WANT A HUGE PEPPERONI PIZZA RIGHT NOW - YUM!

        41 years old. Diagnosed with HOCM in Feb 2005. Myectomy at Mayo on June 8, 2005


        • #5
          John, shall we both go and get some pizza?

          I know how you feel some things really get me going as well esp if it is a big meal.

          mary S.


          • #6
            Hi everyong.

            In my case hi carb meals make me feel like rolling over and playing dead! So I avoid pastas, too many sweets, large "bready" meals etc. You would think I would lose weight. But no. So far my beta-blocker, slowed down metabolism just has a tough time shedding pounds.

            I tried Atkins a few years back. I felt great, I lost weight, but my hair started thinning, and I missed "chewy" kinds of food terribly. So the truth that foods place demands on our hearts rules my life for now.


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            • #7
              I, too, notice the chest pain after eating. I have recently put together the fact that when I eat breakfast in the morning, I feel bad the rest of the day. I work in the food industry, too, and run around all day. Last week, I just started drinking a meal drink, instead of eating, and I felt better.

              I'm glad to see this post, as sometimes, you begin to think it is just you feeling these things, and it is helpful to know that others are experiencing the same thing.

              I often, if not always, notice that eating makes me feel worse. Most of the time, it doesn't matter what I ate, I just experience pretty noticeable symptoms if I eat and then try to walk around or exercise at all.



              • #8
                food shouldn't be bad for you

                Dear Debbie,

                Have you talked to your doctor? Every/any meal shouldn't make you feel really bad regardless of what you ate (unless you are eating really large quantities every time). You should make sure something else isn't going on -just to be safe.

                take care,



                • #9
                  this might sound wierd, but is there anything wrong with green tea?? i was drinking it earlier and my mom said she remembers hearing somewhere that it was bad, i thought she was just going crazy. i've never had a problem with caffine or anything like that before, what do you think?
                  \"The heart swells at the magnificance\"

                  1 timothy 4:12: Do not let others look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.


                  • #10
                    The only thing I know of with green tea is the caffeine content. I'm not sure, but I think it has less caffeine than black tea, though. If you don't have a problem with caffeine I would think green tea is all right in moderation.


                    Husband has HCM.
                    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


                    • #11
                      I also have what debbie experiences no matter what I eat if i begin to walk or exercise after i eat ( wthin 2 hours) I have dyspensa and chest trightness. other than that i am symptom free



                      • #12
                        I am also the same as Debbie. I most often do not feel well after eating even if it is a reasonably small meal. Breakfast is typically the only meal that does not have too much of an effect on me. I always thought that it was because I take my meds in the morning and they are helping the heart out. Maybe by the evening the meds effect have worn off????

                        The whole thing is crazy - If I do have a meal and DON'T feel bad after it is a huge blessing.

                        41 years old. Diagnosed with HOCM in Feb 2005. Myectomy at Mayo on June 8, 2005


                        • #13
                          green tea

                          The only safety warning I found on green tea was that you shouldn't have it while pregnant as it can lower your folic acid levels.

                          assuming you aren't drinking twenty cups a day, the only thing that is bad for you would be the caffeine. but they make decaf green tea now too.



                          • #14

                            Thanks. I don't eat huge meals everytime... only sometimes. Seriously, though, I don notice symtoms with most meals. I don't get it.

                            I have talked to my doctor about it, and he prescribed Nexium, saying it must be an esophageal problem.

                            I took it, it doesn't help, I still feel the same way. Exactly like everyone else described. Chest tightness, weak in the limbs, dizzy, etc.

                            Thanks for the answers, guys. It's good to find others who experince the same things. (I'm not just a whiner )

                            I hope if there are more of you out there who have the same symtoms after eating, you will reply. It's interesting.



                            • #15
                              MODERATION - I found to be the key. Heavy foods are simply too much for my system to take. Too much chocolate can make me feel palpitations (good for me I have a rather high tolerance in this area!) and some foods just do not make me feel well - so I avoid them.

                              Some foods will interact with some medications and it hits different people different ways.

                              Best wishes and happy meals!
                              Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                              YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                              Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                              lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                              Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                              Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                              Currently not obstructed
                              Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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