I wish I had found this site before spending 5 hours in the ER while on an out-of-town trip to Nashville this past weekend. I was 6 days into the Ketogenic Diet.
We were sitting the Federal Courtroom during my son’s High School State Mock Trial Competition when I felt the significant rise in my heart rate. Checking on my Apple Watch, I found it was 88 BPM. Normal is 60-66 while resting. I knew I was not flustered by the Trial, so I shifted in my seat and began slow breathing exercises in an attempt to bring it down. 90 BPM. I tried ignoring it and refocusing on the Trial for about 20 minutes. It continued to remain high and I now had slight throbbing in my right temple. I slipped out of the courtroom to the hallway which seemed cooler, stretched, took deep breaths, and slowly paced. 110 BPM. I decided to visit the 1st floor security station to ask if they had a medical station and could take my blood pressure. 117/72 was very high for me, as I normally run under 104/60. The officer looked at me very seriously and told me to go get checked out.
As my husband and I walked out of the courthouse, I began to experience a stabbing pain in my abdomen that wrapped around my left side and into my back. It stopped me in my tracks, but subsided after about a minute. As we walked slowly to the parking garage, I became very winded, checked my watch again and It showed 126 BPM. I reclined my seat and by the time I arrived at the hospital, just minutes away, my BPM was down to 77.
Long story sh- well, longer… the ER doc found no evidence of a heart attack, aorta ultra sound was good, all blood work was excellent, but it was determined I was dehydrated, which I found laughable since I drink anywhere from 64 to 100 oz per day. I did feel much better after an IV of fluids - other than the remorse I felt for having missed the remainder of my son’s final round and the award’s ceremony where his team placed 9th in the State.
In retrospect, after evaluating all events of that day, I observed that the episode happened immediately following lunch: a burrito bowl (no tortilla, no rice, no cheese, no sour cream, bu with chicken, charros frijoles, veggies, avocado, and salsa).
I have been meticulously tracking my food intake and heart rate since with no unusual episodes until about an hour ago, immediately following my first meal of the day. I had been seated at the table reading after my meal when I felt the sudden flush in my face and the rise in my heart rate. It went up to 109 BPM. When I reclined in the sofa, much like the reclining in the car on my trip to the hospital, it almost immediately went back down to 77 BPM.
I am curious how many on this site have tracked the rise in heart rate immediately following a meal. Both meals where I experienced this episode were higher than 460 calories. I have had no reactions with smaller meals.