What foods -- or elements of foods -- if any, raise or lower heart rate?
This topic might interest anyone who has tachycardia, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, or atrial flutter. I did a search and I found nothing here in the McDougall Forums. Perhaps the reason is that particular foods cannot be used to control heart rate, either up or down.
From personal experience, I know that stimulants such as caffeine raise the heart rate. Based on proven studies, are there any foods or elements of foods that might tend to lower
Here is the diet I am eating now: http://anti-itisdiet.blogspot.com/2010/ ... i-eat.html
It is a very low sulphur diet, which means starches from "roots" and gourds, almost any fruit, and most common vegetables (such as carrots), but generally avoiding "seeds" (grains, nuts, beans, peas) and all animal products.
I have tachycardia, and either atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation. (My cardiologist isn't sure which it is without further testing, probably an echocardiogram.)
I am taking 50 mg of Metoprolol, time release, daily. My heart rate is now typically 80-90 bpm, down from 130 without medication. (Formerly, my HR was about 60 bpm.) My blood pressure, on the Metoprolol, is typically about 125/75, unless I need to confront my cardiologist, the only one in this small town; then it goes to about 150/90. He is an interventionist, so I must constantly be on guard to keep myself from being drawn up the treatment escalator.
At 67, I walk about 1.5 to 2 hours daily in hilly country; and I do light weight lifting exercises daily.
I am unsure whether to request an increase in medication (possibly adding Digoxin, as Dr. McDougall has suggested) to bring the rate down -- or just live with my current rate and concentrate on the mental side of rate control.