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Can food cause an irregular heartbeat?

Cardiac arrhythmia is also known as an irregular heartbeat, whether your heart beats too fast or too slow. This is caused when electrical impulses to the heart don’t work properly.

Sometimes you may not even notice when this occurs. Other times you may feel a fluttering in the chest, you may feel faint or dizzy or you may experience chest pains.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your cardiologist.

If you have been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia there are certain foods you should avoid. Alcohol can trigger an irregular heartbeat. So, it’s best to avoid beer, wine and liquor. Caffeine is another culprit which includes coffee, caffeinated teas and soft drinks.

If you decide to start a diet that is a liquid diet or a high protein diet, only do so under the care of your doctor. These types of fad diets can affect the concentrations of electrolytes in your bloodstream, which in turn may cause cardiac arrhythmia.

Lastly, when taking cold or allergy medicine watch for the ingredient ephedra or ma huang. This has been known to cause heart attacks, strokes and even death.

Your health should be a main priority in your life, so don’t let it slip through the cracks. Holistic Artichoke offers a relaxed, non-intimidating and supportive approach that will help guide you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You can contact me via email - or call or text 480.580.3404.


Heart Healthy Bean Burrito Bowl


  • 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • 2 c. cooked brown rice

  • 1 can black beans

  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce

  • 1 c. roughly chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes

  • 1 avocado

  • 1/2 small red onion

  • tortilla chips

  • Lime wedges

  • Hot sauce


In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Divide the rice and beans among serving bowls.

Top with the lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and avocado.

Sprinkle with the red onion, then drizzle with the dressing.

Serve with tortilla chips, lime wedges, and hot sauce, if desired

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