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February 26, 2016, 2:41 pm
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Heart beat has been a little off for a couple of months.  Only happens when I lay down and nibble.   Only last for a short while.

So don’t nibble, right?

Been doing that for as long I can remember.  Nibble myself to sleep.  Doesn’t matter what I eat.  So what does that leave?  Perhaps it’s what I drink.  It’s usually diet something.  But the more I read, the more I’ve come to suspect the diet stuff is worse for me than the sugary stuff.

So . . .

I did a little more research.  All the diet stuff I drink is sweetened with aspartame.  WebMD, and the Mayo Clinic website both report that the artificial sweetener can cause irregular heartbeats.

So . . .

For a week, no aspartame.  No irregular heartbeats.


Until . . .

Yesterday, for the first time in a long time I experienced heart palpitations.  Like I said, first time in years.  Very different feeling than the irregular (v-tach/ a-tach) I was experiencing last year.

When I did had the palpitations, they lasted 5-30 seconds.  Not too worried about them.  Months in between episodes.

Yesterday I was walking down the hallway at work and all of a sudden, 180 bps.  Coughed . . .no helped.  Thumped my chest . . . no help.  3 minutes in I decided to leave the otherwise vacant building.  Walked our and sat in the steps.  Immediately the bps slowed. Less than 30 seconds later it’s back to normal.

Well dang.  Aspartame withdrawals?  🙂

Now . . .

To complicate matters.  In the beginning of 2015 the doctor changed my Coreg dosage from 1 20mg a day to 2 12.5mg per day. Well, silly me decided about a month ago to use up some old Coreg that I had.  So, 2 times a day I took 12.5mg.

Except . . .

The old Coreg was the 20 mg dosage.  So, I’ve taking 40mg instead of 25mg.


I fixed that.

But . . .

I think I’ll go back to my old medicine routine – take them 4-5 a week.  I feel so much better when I do that rather than everyday.  Been meaning to ask one of docs about that, but I keep forgetting . . . yeah I write the question down . . . but I keep forgetting the note.   🙂

Enjoy the weekend.



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