I am reviewing some of the pages on the healsvtnaturally.com site, and wanted to share this important bit of wondering about “SVT Triggers” I did almost 5 years ago….
“…. somewhere in me, deep inside, I BELIEVED that I could approach this scary health issue like I would approach any other health issue…”naturally, and by being a detective!.” If doctors could confirm that episodes could be triggered by things like alcohol and caffeine, then why couldn’t they conclude that other diet & lifestyle related things could possibly “help” us to ultimately avoid episodes?….So little is known on what makes your body, on one particular day have an electrical misfire. I wondered, If it’s electrical, than can balancing your electrolytes change the frequency of your episodes? Are we lacking in a specific mineral? If so, then why is your body depleted in a certain mineral to begin with? Do you live close to lots of electromagnetic fields? Can cel phones, and computers effect us if we are sensitive? Is our personal electromagnetic field effected by our emotions, stress levels, foods, etc? How much of a role does stress or anger play in triggering us? Can it be related to digestive issues? Constipation? Food allergies? There must be some answers to the endless questions that people with face!!! I believe there is always an answer if we dig deep enough!!”
The above were some of my questions that I had so many years ago…and still do. My frustration back then was that Doctors didn’t seem to be looking at any of the clues that I carefully would track and provide for them to ponder. I know that certain foods, emotions and lifestyle choices can trigger an SVT for me. Since we are all at different places on our healing journey, I wonder how many people connect their SVT;s with triggers? If you are connecting them, how motivated are you to make the lifestyle changes necessary to reduce the frequency of your SVT’s?
Do you know what your SVT triggers are?
My trigger is doing any kind of exercise after a meal. I’m ok until I bend over. My heart mis-fires and goes in SVT. The other trigger is gluten. I’m not 100% gluten free because that is just impossible for me. But if I stay on a low gluten diet, that seems to help.
Thank you so much for your comment…Maybe try to eat just a little less at your meals and give yourself permission to have more in a hour if you want it. What kind of exercise are you doing? Maybe you can go for gentle walk after a meal and save a run for an empty stomach or after a light smoothie or green juice…Im glad that you are noticing connections…It is the awareness that will help continue to guide you! All the best, xoxo
I practice yoga. I’ve learned that I have to do it in the morning on a totally empty stomach.. Biking, I can get away with eating light a few hours before. I’ve learned so much from your website. I was very close to having the ablation until I started following your suggestions. Thank You!!
That is music to my ears! Many blessing to you xoxoox
Hi Laura, Thanks for your site. My trigger is msg; I became so sensitive I could not eat ripe tomatoes (forget tomato paste) because of the glutamic acid. I was told on one of my races to Emergency that my potassium was low; however checking bloods it didn’t appear that low. I wonder how many people out there are low in potassium? (I mean the soil is depleted). I have just ordered some potassium chloride to have a little. I had an ablation; at least it my heart may occasionally race however only for a few minutes at most; and not 1.5 hrs over 200bpm. I also suspect stress is an added factor for me.
I have noticed a vast majority of people who have SVT attacks are women. And being women we are ever blessed with the roller coaster ride of fluctuating hormones. I believe that is a trigger for me, although I have mentioned it in the past to doctors and I get blown off. But I have thought back to different times I have gone into SVT and it has always been around that dreaded time of the month. I am 43 and strongly believe I am perimenopausal and I have read a great deal about women developing issues with the beat of their hearts. Another trigger is stress/anxiety/tension. I have a tendancy to let things bother me and then dwell on it. I went through a massive stressful event 4 years ago which messed up my thyroid leaving me with an underactive thyroid. Ever since then I have lost the ability to handle the stressors of life like to used to. One of the places I hold my stress is across my stomach near my diaphram. Call me crazy, but I think there is something around that area that causes my heart to skip and if I am not careful (like sitting bunched up or doing a lot of bending over) I can feel a thud that will cause an SVT episode. I also avoid anything with MSG added to it, because I will feel terrible after eating food with that added in it.
Hi Lori, I totally agree that the stomach and SVT are very related. I have written about that! In fact, just last week, I ate something off and my stomach was bothering me for a few days. I simultaneously noticed that I was having acute SVT symptoms. I really needed to implement all of my preventative self-care to avoid an episode.
One of my favorite methods to help with stress is to place your hand over your solar plexus. It is extremely soothing for the nervous system. You can do this and even fall asleep in that position. I will talk more about the chakra’s and how they relate to SVT over the summer in my blog! Meanwhile, if you want to talk in person, I am giving away 5 skype calls for the rest of June for people interested in my SVT action plan coaching. Its a 3 month coaching relationship where we work together to help you target your specific SVT and related symptoms. I am 44 and it sounds like we have a lot of similarities! If you are interested just email me at Lmadrigano@aol.com to set up a free skype call to learn more! Thank you so much for sharing your comment and story. xox Laura
I’m 70 years old and been on metaprolol for over 20 years. I lost my only sib in February.Then in August starting having rapid palpitations. They did stress test with thyillum and labs and EKG all negative. Then they did a 7 day heart monitor and found SVT. They changed my medicine and still had palpitations. Was taken off that medicine and starting soteol today. I am very leary since it has some bad side effects too. I have severe pain in neck and back with sciatica. Fibromyalgia. I’m not overweight but do eat lots of bad food. Want to get my health back.
Hello, Thanks for your comment and I am so sorry for the loss of your only sibling. Im guessing that its not a coincidence that your SVT has gotten worse since dealing with that loss. I would recommend writing/journaling to try to process some of the grief that you are feeling. Also really holding yourself with a lot of compassion will help. Letting yourself grieve and fully feel what your feeling is not always easy or welcomed but it is very effective to help our hearts heal. I would also look into magnesium and B vitimans for the nervous system. Wishing you all the best, Laura