These past two years after being diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse (I was diagnosed in 2015). I learned a lot of things about MVP and how to cope with it. Because MVP will sticky with us for the rest of our live.
One of the things I learned is the list of foods, beverage and things that I need to avoid to prevent or at least reduce MVP symptoms from occurring.
There are several foods that I really like that caused MVP symptoms, at first it broke my heart when I knew my favorite food triggered symptoms like palpitations.
Trust me, I learned the hard way that if I want to stay symptoms-free I need to avoid those food.
So, here are the food and things you REALLY SHOULD AVOID if you want to make your life easier.
It’s always on my top list because it always triggers skipped beat in my heart. I can feel the effect just a few minutes after eating cheese.
One day, I bought pizzas for my family. I usually only ate the bread and always try to avoid the cheese. But, that day I ate the whole pizza with cheese, the day after tomorrow I still ate several slice from the same pizza.
For the next 7 days I was having massive skipped beat in my heart. I never had this kind of massive skipped beat before.
I went to the cardiologist on day 3 and she put me up on holter monitor for 24 hours because when I visited her, the skipped beat didn’t appear at all in the EKG.
2. MSG / Monosodium Glutamate
For me MSG give the same effect like when eating cheese. I would have skipped beats minutes after taking food that contains MSG. The more I ate, the skipped beats will last longer and more frequent.
Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG.
Because using MSG in foods is a pretty common practice, I always try to be careful when I ate something outside of my house like in cafes, events. If I don’t know if the food contains MSG, I would ask the waitress or the person who sells the food, just to make sure.
Because the effect of MSG to Mitral Valve Prolapse to patient is also sometimes terrifying.
I often feel MVP symptoms when I’m having stress, the more stress I got the worse it gets. So please, try to stay positive and avoid stress the best you can. It really helps in reducing the MVP symptoms.
You can try doing Yoga or practice your breathing to help you control your anger and stress level.
Having a picnic once in a while with your family and loved ones will also make your mind stress free.
Always stay positive no matter what, I know it’s really hard some times but if you want to be symptoms free then you really need to get your head stress free.
In a MVP support group that I followed, I’ve seen many people complaining their hear beat will sky rocket after drinking just a small amount of alcohol.
I’ve also read in a medical website that alcohol usually will affects your heart muscle and even it can cause severe dysfunction, usually from moderate to severe ingestion.
4. Coffee & Tea
Coffee and tea contains caffeine. There are three stimulants in coffee and tea that can cause imbalance in your autonomic nervous system.
For MVP patient, drinking coffee and tea will trigger MVP symptoms such as chest pain, increased heart rate and also dizziness.
Tips: I always have a bottle of water with me every time I go to an event or go to other places, just in case the the event or the place only served coffee, tea or alcohol.
5. Too Much Carbs
Reducing your carbs intake will help keep your blood glucose levels lower, it will also help reduces the spike in adrenaline. Me personally, my heart rate would go up hill after eating too much carbohydrates.
That’s why I use smartwatch to help monitor my heart rate. There are plenty of smartwatch you can choose from Amazon, I highly recommend Apple Watch or Fitbit. It really helps to monitor our heart rate, specially during activities.
No need to much explanation why cigarette is bad for your heart and lungs.
7. Milk, Dairy Products and Chocolate
I’m not sure if all milk and dairy products will have the same effect but every time I drink fresh milk from one of the famous brand I would feel a bit dizzy for several hours.
It didn’t happened one or twice, it happened several times after I drank the milk. So, I decided to stop drinking milk ever since.
Some articles I found said that low-fat dairy products are still OK for those who have MVP.
8. Soda & Soft Drinks
Drinking soda or soft drinks can increase your blood sugar level. Some soda drinks also have caffeine in them, as we all know caffeine is also bad for MVP patients.
Drinking too much soda can also lead to other health issues such as diabetes, asthma, COPD and obesity.
Recent research revealed that sweetened soda can lead to heart failure.
9. Fast Food
Fast food can sometimes be addictive for us, to avoid other heart disease it’s important for us MVPers to eat healthy food.
There’s a medical study that found out that if we consume fast food not that much, let say only once a week, it will increase risk of us dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent, it’s really a big number don’t you think? You’ll be shock to know that the risk will go up to 50 percent if we eat fast food 2 or 3 times every week! Crazy, right?
Hope you find this article useful. If you have anything to add about food or things that could trigger MVP symptoms just write it in the comment section.
Stay strong and stay healthy!