I'm a healthy, fit 26-year-old woman with no history of my heart doing anything except unnoticeably beating 70 times per minute. ETA: And I've been eating 'paleo' for 2 years this month, with wonderful results.
I recently underwent some personal/relationship problems that resulted in under-eating and weight loss, anxiety, and panic attacks - as well as frequent heart 'hiccups' in the form of pounding, palpitations, elevated heart rate (never more than 110 beats per minute when I've counted), and even mild chest pains on my left side below my collar bone. While I have a history of anxiety and have had panic attacks before, I've never had my heart act up like this so it was scary for me. But, I know it is a fairly normal side-effect of anxiety so I didn't worry too much.
The emotional problems are pretty much resolved as of a month ago, and I am feeling good, eating well, and have even put a little weight back on already. However, my heart is still acting up frequently - up to 8-10 times per day, some days. It seems to be triggered by eating, too (halfway through a meal it usually starts to pound). I have had problems with reactive hypoglycemic symptoms in the past, and I've been eating more carbs recently to help with weight gain, but it seems to happen whether it's a starchy meal or only fat and protein...
I talked to my doctor on the phone, he said it's probably nothing and will resolve soon, but to avoid stimulants. So I've cut out all caffeine but a small cup of tea in the morning (which does not trigger anything, this is more of a problem in the afternoon to evening).
I'm mostly looking for some suggestions on what I could do nutritionally to help this clear up, as well as any other advice anyone has. I'm thinking maybe a magnesium supp., and extra focus on potassium?