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Normally, your heart beats between 60 and 100 times a minute. Eating specific foods or drinking certain beverages can raise your heart rate to above 100, creating a feeling that your heart is fluttering, racing or skipping a beat.
If it happens occasionally, it’s likely nothing to worry about. If you have a history of heart problems or if you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or arrhythmia, you should take it seriously. An episode of irregular heartbeats could potentially lead to complications like a blood clot or stroke.
Dr. Eric Williams with Mercy Clinic Cardiology has six things that can aggravate arrhythmia:
Your body may react differently than someone else’s, so it’s a good idea to keep track of your own triggers.
Modifying what you eat and drink might not be enough to fully prevent atrial fibrillation, but it can help lower your risk. Eating a heart healthy diet can also prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even diabetes. Talk to your Mercy doctor to develop a strategy that will keep your heart beating at the right pace for you.
Eric Williams, MD, is a fellowship-trained cardiologist at Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular – Mercy Heart Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Rolla. To schedule an appointment in St. Louis, call 314-251-1700. For an appointment in Rolla, call 573-458-6310.
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