Healthy Heart

Hi all! I hope you are doing well. I am likely at the cardiologist as you read this, no worries I am mostly fine. At the beginning of April after dinner I had heart palpitations. They were alarming and to be honest I freaked out but attributed them to stress. I had a doctor appointment the next day for my hands so I brought it up. She had blood work and an EKG done and they both came back normal. So that’s good but she wanted me to see a cardiologist to get a better idea of what is going on. Over the course of the next few weeks the palpitations came on with a vengeance. I saw the cardiologist earlier this week and man were they thorough. I was there for 2 hours and had tests done the entire time, I was never idle.

The doctor thinks I may have an Arrhythmia, something that affects 20% of the population so it is relatively common.  I am also likely chronically dehydrated which seemed absurd to me at the time but now that I think about it I have been thirsty since December. I drink A LOT of water all day long. If this is the case my electrolytes are imbalanced. My doctor recommended I add salt to my diet. Since I eat mostly whole foods and very few processed foods I do not eat all that much salt. I do not crave it and do not like very many salty foods. New frontiers!

I had to wear a Holter Monitor for 24 hours and return today (ie now) for another 2 hour appointment. I am looking forward to getting more information about what is going on with my heart and hope to have the palpitations cease.

I hope everyone has fun plans for the weekend! I’ll try to check in to give y’all and update.