Many weight-loss diets
can be harmful to your heart if you have an arrhythmia. In particular, fad
diets such as liquid-based programs or high-protein regimens can affect the
concentrations of electrolytes in your bloodstream. This can, in turn, cause
problems with your heart's electrical system, which relies on electrolytes to
function properly. If you have experienced an arrhythmia in the past, you
should be cautious of fad diets. In order to avoid recurrences of your
arrhythmia, always check with your doctor before making
drastic changes to your eating habits.
When taken at higher levels,
ephedra-an herb used by some people for cold and allergy symptoms and to
improve sports performance-can cause drastic increases in blood pressure, as
well as cardiac arrhythmias. Ephedra, also called ma huang, has been linked to
heart attacks, strokes, and some deaths.
Be aware of what you are eating
People with heart
failure commonly have arrhythmias, and the arrhythmias may occur more
frequently if the heart failure gets worse. By limiting salt and excessive
fluid intake, the heart failure will be better controlled and the arrhythmias
may occur less frequently.