I used to get PVCs maybe once or twice a year in the past, until I started to get more health conscious in my mid to late 20's and went on a diet of v low sugar to try cut some fat. However I have a wicked soft spot for fizzy drinks, so I moved to diet and max drinks as well as sugar free fantas etc.
My palpitations started to increase but I didn't really think much of it until a few weeks ago I had a huge flare up, I analysed everything I did that day and the major thing that stood out to me was that I drank almost two litres of sugar free fanta in the morning. I had ectopic beats for about 8 hours that evening and truly thought I was dying, I went to A&E and by the time I got seen the ectopic beats had stopped and my EKG came back normal.
I looked like a liar, in retrospect I decided to look at the ingredients in the fanta and I remembered somebody telling me that Aspartame can be extremely damaging. So I did a quick google, low and behold there are rafts of links and stories of Aspartame messing with peoples hearts.
Since that day I cut aspartame and have been checking ingredient lists for everything I buy, i've not had a single one since. Until last night - I drank a can of Tango, I assumed that Tango was sugar (it's not branded as sugar free) so I thought it didn't have aspartame in it.
I felt an ectopic beat whilst lying down on the sofa, so out of sheer curiosity I thought no way can this be aspartame as I am drinking a normal tango ... low and behold again, I see Aspartame on the label .... Tango went straight in the trash.
I absolutely urge anyone experiencing any form of heart abnormalities, cut this disgusting poison from your diet IMMEDIATELY !!
I am 35 years old, female, with random PVC daily attacks that, once start, go on for months/weeks at a time. I've had 3 occasions so far. Once at age 33, after contracting a virus from my infant daughter in which the PVCs lasted 6 months and then vanished. Once last year 2019 lasting two weeks and now, in which I have endured the PVCs for over a month. I wore a Holter monitor and they were picking up 15,000 PVCs per day and said they were benign. After reading this blog I cut aspartame out of my diet, I was a heavy consumer. I was drinking maybe 48oz-64oz of diet drinks per day. I am shocked to say, after two days of no aspartame my PVCs have almost entirely stopped. They have drastically reduced and I hope to see them completely vanish in the days to come. I can't believe more people are not aware of the effects of this chemical. I feel like an idiot, that I was doing this to myself all along. Furthermore thank you to everyone here for sharing their experience with aspartame. I had NO idea what I was doing to my heart. Never again.
absolutely, aspartame (NutraSweet) WILL cause heart rhythm problems in even low doses for me. I've also gotten some from the other chemical sweeteners. I just stick to raw honey, maple syrup or sugar. Stevia is ok now, but it's bitter to me. Almost all breath mints & gum have aspartame. This is usually referred to as a warning to : phenylalanine. It's actually a combination of phenylalanine aspartic acid, and methanol. There are a lot of other triggers for me, but ASPARTAME, NutraSweet is horrible for me.
AMEN, this is a Major cause of my PVC's, and to go a step further, I eliminated ALL artificial Sugers and 90% reduction in PVC activity!!!
Glad you found your trigger. I’ve never purposely consumed Aspartame as it tastes like poison and is known to cause brain cancer. So I’ve avoided that along with all other artificial sweeteners.
The only thing I’ve ever found to be a trigger for my PVCs (which all of my doctors refuse to believe), is PMS and ovulation. This doesn’t really help for the guys, but at least I’ve kind of been able to pin point a possible cause. I’ve had PVCs, Bigeminy, and Trigeminy for over ten years. Outside of mitral valve prolapse, which everyone seems to have these days, Cardiologists I’ve been to said they can’t find a real cause.
My cure has been 1,0000 mg of hemp (no THC) CBD oil sublingually twice per day. It stopped my PVCs for two months straight. As soon as I ran out, then halved my dose when I got a new bottle, the PVCs came back. Twenty minutes after reintroducing the second dose, the PVCs stopped. It’s a miracle cure for me.
I am a rather new PVC sufferer and have suffered from PVCs for a year now. I understand when you say they drive you crazy. I feel pressure in my chest and in my head, neck and jaw with each skipped beat and I normally skip every 3rd or 4th beat every single day. And yes it feels worse when I lay on my left side. It is like have a muscle spasm that won't stop or when your eye has an annoying twitch for days. I have Celiac Sprue and since I have a malabsorption disorder I think mine is connected to a vitamin deficiency. The reason why I think that is because I just found out I was pregnant 3 weeks ago. My first concern was that they would get worse because of the added blood volume and the higher workload on the heart during pregnancy but instead they have almost gone away. I never take vitamins which I know I should but they usually hurt my stomach. I found a prenatal vitamin that doesn't upset my stomach and since I started taking them 3 weeks ago my PVCs have stopped. It is a freaking miracle. I have not stopped drinking the occasional diet soda or splenda in my tea or coffee however I have reduced it greatly. I think the person who said to add fish oil to their diet is on to something. Sweet sweet relief.... either that or I will need to have another baby as soon as this one is out because it is the only relief I have had from these PVCs in a year.
Add Fish oil to your diet- it fixed my arrhythmia within two days- and I’ve had it for 60 years
I have skin sensitivity to dairy, so I had to switch to different protein powder for my morning smoothie. It turns out, substituting it to pea protein causes my heart to skip, and so does soy. I know this because once I stop taking either one of those, it goes away, and when I try again, it comes back. I'm not sure what option I have left for protein in my blended breakfast. I've tried spirulina as protein source for awhile, and had no sensitivity. But recent blood test shows high liver enzyme, indicating liver damage (from microcystins contamination in algae?) Another thing that causes my heartbeat to skip is taking Benandryl. So long as I stay away from these things, along with taking enough calcium, magnesium, and potassium (orotate), my heart is regular. Hope this helps.
I wish aspartame was the cause of my PVCs/PACs/possible NSVT. I don't touch aspartame containing food and I still get them :(. I also have Hashimoto's and my palpitations seem to flare up when my thyroid goes borderline/subclinical hypo. There also seems to be some connection between my palpitations, gas (SIBO) and food.
I agree they can drive u crazy 15k per 3 month for 5 years for me yes they say they are benign they may be benign but boy are they imposable to cope with---I feel every one that skips.....I'll try anything...I have a pacemaker & defib. and yes thank the good Lord they worked....my life was saved on 6/29/2013 Docs said noway I could have been saved in time unless it happened in a hostpital, but me defib kicked like a rocket six time knocking me on my *** but saved my live....Now i'm on 10 pills a day and that suks but without them who knows. It is waht it is but these pvc's r driving me crazy... and belive it or not I them when I talk to much or just typing on my H/C and most of all when i'm cooking. Must be a way to help this condition? PVC suffrer . Mike Smash.
I have had two lots of EP studies and ablations in the past 4 weeks the last lot being only 5 days ago. So far my palpitations are only minimal which I was told would be normal for the next couple of weeks as my body is highly intoned with the palpitations. I am hoping they will eventually disappear but they are a lot better than they were. I too experienced pvcs after exercising which would let for anything up to 5 hours. IT was exhausting to say the least especially at night. Medications were not an option as my BP and pulse rate were low and the side effects of the meds would have only made this worse. THe procedure isn’t pleasant but if it has worked I will be more than happy to recommend it to any fellow PVC suffer.
iam 42 now and i had pvcs and palps for a long time i have good days and bad lately it seems bad again does anyone have those pvcs when you lay on your left side? its about to drive me crazy,and its ruining my life.
it is hard to believe sometimes, but even when you're told your pvcs are benign, there is still something happening in your body thats triggering them. i really went through hell with these things. 12k a day for two weeks straight then poof. It would happen 2 - 3 times a year. I was even tested for ARVD.
In the end, it wasn't what my body was doing to me. It was what I was doing to my body.
I went low carb two years ago, and my occasional PVC's vanished as well. Humans were not designed to run on carbs, yet they make up the majority of our daily food intake. Carbohydrates were seasonal treats in ancient times; raw honey, fruits and berries. The human body was, and still is designed to run on fats, and protein, and minimal carbohydrates. I'm talking about eggs, nuts, seeds, cheese,fish,, and meat. I comsume approximately 30 pounds of nuts annually now. When you hear the reports of rampant Type II Diabetes in today's youth, you need only to look at the use of high fructose corn syrup along with the mass consumption of starches. Dump the carbs, and perhaps the PVC's will go away. I know your overworked pancreas will breathe a sigh of relief. Can you tell that I'm passionate of this subject? :-)
I really think triggers are different for each of us. It takes time to learn your own triggers and then I think they may lessen symptoms but I don't know about curing them. I never have aspartame and still get ectopic.
I used to drink tons of aspartame and thought that might be the culprit for me. I cut it out entirely and almost 2 years later to no avail. The only way I can eliminate mine is by eating a low fat low cal diet. If I do that, I don't have even a single premature beat.
Wish I could find mine, mine are like that when they come they last from 2-10 hours every other heart beat than go away.
Pray they never last for days I would be nutts
Regarding ectopic beats in structurally normal hearts, it comes down to individual reactions, to say nothing of individual hopes, which are a big deal.
In numerous studies of the 'placebo effect,' you can see that this phenomenon exists. It really works. The trick is this: The outer boundary of the placebo effect appears to be something in the vicinity of three months. If your favorite nostrum, herbal remedy, food avoidance, or meditation regime stops working after three months, then your brain was probably providing you with blessed relief through the Placebo Effect.
brettfable appears to be enjoying a genuine response to a specific irritant or whatever. If it works for him/her, that's an individual triumph and worth a shot.
In the us, putting aspartame in products requires a label (for some phenylalanine is a problem)
I'm an aspartame lab rat. In a typical week I consume approximately 40 little blue packets. Then there's perhaps several quarts of diet soda that I drink weekly which also contain aspartame. It's the only artificial sweetener that I can pour directly into my mouth. It just tastes sweet. I have to tell you that I experience none of the ill effects that you alomg with others report. If removing aspartame from your diet worked for you, I think that's wonderful. PVC are a pain to deal with. But is it poison? Not according to my body. But we're all different. Some people feel deathly ill when taking statins. Yet I've been on one for years with no effects except a 130 cholesterol reading? So personally, I wouldn't condemn aspartame.
I have been pvc free for nearly two years now, since cutting aspartame from my diet. I guarantee if I was to have aspartame, I would have them again. I guess someone could legally get away with poisoning me, eh?
I'm 44 and also suffer from PVCs. My PVCs seem to come from many things, but mostly from post exercise adrenaline. I've tried to nail it down to one specific thing but have had no luck. I don't use a lot of sugar free products, so I cannot say if aspartame is causing my PVCs.
Please send a follow up message in the near future and let us know if your PVCs are still gone. Mine come and go so it will be interesting to see if you have found the cause.