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    Is the Atkins diet safe for MVP?
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    Supermom2222 posted:
    I have mitral valve prolapse. I started the atkins diet last week. I do consume between 15-20 carbs, and I am doing well. Is it harmful though?? I ask this because for the past 3 weeks I have been having palpitations. I should not be bc I am on a beta blocker. Today at work, I had an episode( the same I had before I was on meds)where I felt like I was going to pass out, my heart started with heavy palpitations. I got my shaking, and numbness, and of course the fatigue. I have not had one of these episodes since December. I was recently diagnosed in December of last year. The bystolic has been helping. So, my palpitations started 3 weeks ago, 2 weeks before starting the atkins, could it be that the atkins may be causing the symptoms, or perhaps my meds need to be upped. I am calling my cardiologist on Monday to let him know what is going on regardless. I just want to see if anyone has had the same problem.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Could it be that the Atkins may be causing the symptoms"

    Anything is seemingly possible today.

    "Or perhaps my meds need to be upped."

    That's something to discuss with your doctor.

    "I am calling my cardiologist on Monday to let him know what is going on regardless."

    Kudos on that.

    While matters of safety can not be properly addressed via the Internet, and in general, regardless of the type of diet, even though mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is the most common and a typically benign heart valve abnormality, it may/can progress to mitral valve regurgitation (leakage) at any time.

    Some individuals with MVP experience no symptoms at all, or symptoms such as palpitations (a very common irregular heartbeat), and sometimes even chest pain, especially when lying on the left side (as the heart is brought closer to the chest wall).

    MVP, described as a distinct billowing inward of the mitral valve's leaflets.

    Normal mitral valve

    Mitral valve prolapse

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Could it be that the Atkins may be causing the symptoms"

    Anything is seemingly possible today.

    "Or perhaps my meds need to be upped."

    That's something to discuss with your doctor.

    "I am calling my cardiologist on Monday to let him know what is going on regardless."

    Kudos on that.

    While matters of safety can not be properly addressed via the Internet, and in general, regardless of the type of diet, even though mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is the most common and a typically benign heart valve abnormality, it may/can progress to mitral valve regurgitation (leakage) at any time.

    Some individuals with MVP experience no symptoms at all, or symptoms such as palpitations (a very common irregular heartbeat), and sometimes even chest pain, especially when lying on the left side (as the heart is brought closer to the chest wall).

    MVP, described as a distinct billowing inward of the mitral valve's leaflets.

    Normal mitral valve

    Mitral valve prolapse


    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)

    -

    -

    Be well-informed

    WebMD

    Heart Disease TYPES

    Men and Women

    Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men


    Heart disease SYMPTOMS


    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms


    Mayo Clinic

    Heart Disease

    Definition. Symptoms. Causes. Risk factors. Complications. Tests and diagnosis. Prevention......

    Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart, and in some cases, your blood vessels. The various diseases that fall under the umbrella of......

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120


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    billh99 responded:
    MVP and palpitations can be two completely different things.

    While some people do feel the MVP as palpitations most people do not.

    But irregular heart beats can also be felt as palpitations.

    Also note that the same meds that are used to help control irregular heart beats can also make them worse.

    If that is the case you might not need an increase in the beta blocker. Possible a decrease or change to different med.

    You will probably get a Holter monitor test to help tell what is really going on.
     
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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    A low carbohydrate diet wouldn't be expected to have a specific effect on folks with mitral valve prolapse (as compared to those without it!). The issue with any lower carbohydrate diet is whether (1) you will be able to sustain it and (2) whether you are eating healthy lower carbohydrate foods like vegetables as compared to processed meats for example.

    But if you are having palpitations, I agree that it's a good idea to touch base with your doctor.
     
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    Debsbears responded:
    Hi Supermom your symptoms " where I felt like I was going to pass out, my heart started with heavy palpitations. I got my shaking, and numbness, and of course the fatigue", sounds more like the symptoms one would get if they don't eat enough carbs.

    I get that way when I don't eat at least 25 carbs at one time. I am a diabetic so I have to watch that I don't take in too much or too little.

    Since you started Atkins after you started having these problems chances are it is coming from your heart it is good you are calling your doctor today. Keep up posted. Deb


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