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My High Fat Diet and My Heart

by Fred Hahn on August 16, 2014

I was having some erratic PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) while I was away on vacation this past month. I’ve had PVCs for well over 30 years now, but the frequency and length of them became worrisome. Many people experience PVCs from time to time, and in most people, they are normal and not a sign of underlying heart disease.

But I was getting about 5-10 per minute and they lasted for hours. If I was active they stopped. Which is a good sign. Still, it worried me that I was having so many so frequently. They seemed to come out of nowhere. I was sitting an the airport going from Riga to Berlin and while I was sitting and having my usual high fat, adequate protein, low carb meal, they began and kept on going. This continued for days and only subsided with activity or lying down and resting. Sitting an eating or talking was almost unbearable. It felt like my heart was going to pop out of my neck.

I called my doctor from Berlin, Germany and she said not to worry but if they persisted to come in to see her when I returned. She agreed that this was not normal and required investigation.

So, upon return to the states, I saw a cardiologist, really nice fella, who did a sonogram of my heart. After all the tests and exams he did, I asked him his opinion of my heart. He said my heart was absolutely perfect – very strong and solid. Said he’d never seen a better specimen in a 52 year old – not even in a young heart. (My BP was 117/70. He praised this as well.)

So I asked him, “In your experience doc given my EKG, sonogram, bloods and your examinations, what is the likelihood that I have underlying heart disease of any kind including clogged arteries? “Nil” he said. “Practically zero.”

So much for my high fat, artery clogging diet and complete lack of aerobic exercise.

I do have to wear a heart monitor for 24 hours so that they can see how the PVCs come and go. The rug I’m wearing doesn’t help so they needed to tape me up.



I suspect that several things may have contributed to the increase in PVCs:

1. Lack of my usual mug of bone broth which is loaded with minerals resulting in an electrolyte imbalance

2. Too much stronger and lower quality coffee

3. Too much alcohol (ah, Paris!)

4. Reintroducing foods that contain gluten – beer, bread and some sauces. This definitely messed my skin up big time.

Since I’ve returned, I have cut back on caffeine, alcohol and am drinking my wonder fluid broth and the PVCs have definitely gotten much better, meaning, lessened greatly. So all seems well at this point.

One thing I noticed when he showed me the sonogram of my perfect heart, the interior beating heart valves look like a beautiful dancer. It literally looked like a person dancing and beating on two drums. Take a looksee:

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in Health/Fitness,Nutrition · 5 comments


Anne August 17, 2014 at 2:45 AM

Hi Fred,

I was born with an aortic valve defect (bicuspid aortic valve) and had to have it replaced earlier this year as having a bicuspid aortic valve leads to problems. In the years preceding heart surgery I’d have regular echocardiograms (sonograms). At the last one during one of these exams, a technician asked me “do you do weight lifting ?” – he could tell from how my heart muscle was that I did weight lifting !!! My heart muscle was so strong it showed ! And I’m a 60 year old woman ! I’ve been doing Slowburn super slow since I read your book seven years ago. Also following Paleo diet, high fat, moderate protein, very low carb. I’m having to build my strength up again now as open heart surgery really takes it out of you and I wasn’t allowed to lift anything much for several months….but now back doing Slow Burn super slow.

Hope you find the cause of your PVSs and that it can be fixed.


Anne August 17, 2014 at 3:36 AM

PS – I mean PVCs not PVSs. Oh, btw, I also had CT angiogram pre surgery which showed that all my coronary arteries are completely clean and clear, not clogged one little bit – despite “my high fat, artery clogging diet and complete lack of aerobic exercise” !

gert August 17, 2014 at 5:24 AM

Hey Fred,

Maybe you’re jut getting a little bit older every year !
My mother got thes problems after amotional times… But maybe it was just age. Firs she only got medication to take when the beating went up to lower the frequency.. Then she got a “reveal”, a monitor whick was place under the skin. Then later on from the information from this monitor, the doctor decided to place a pace-maker. Now she’s has it all under control.
I always have much respect for her that she’s so cool under it. I know myself that it can grow some anxiousnes in yourself when your heart goes on leading an uncontrolles life by itself. I think a good mental aproach in dealing with it with good thoughts is of most importance. Maybe you should see to grow in that yourself. The mental aspect is very important. To trust in it. Maybe you should educate yourself in that. The website panic-away is good at it.
I don’t think coffee or all the other things are the causes of it although they can be of no help.
Be glad that your heart is strong and wants to beat so eagerly.. It’s life-passion. Enthousiasm from the heart.

Rex August 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

I had a similar experience with PACs (premature atrial contractions) that would literally shake me awake when sleeping. These PACs were similarly brought on by a night of excess wine and much strong coffee the following morning. After enduring this condition for two years, I checked myself in to EMERGENCY at a local hospital, put on a 24 hour Holter monitor, had a stress test and saw a cardiologist who said nothing to worry about and no sign of CAD or coronary artery occlusion. Two days later (in early January of this year), I received a package of Organic astrgalus from which I brewed and drank a tea. Within two hours those troubling palpitations stopped and never (so far) returned. I drank the tea daily for a few months and now a couple of times a week. The tea comes from China so I’m concerned about heavy metal contamination and am cutting back on it but still – what a relief to have a stable heart once again.

Fred Hahn August 22, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Thanks Anne!

Rex – I’ll try the tea. Thank you for the post.

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