This is a very common complaint among mitral valve prolapse patients. You sit down to dinner and enjoy a great meal and good company, only to discover you now are experiencing chest pains. Was it something you ate that is causing them? Something you drank? Was it the time of day that you ate that’s the problem?
Probably none of the above.
This classic symptom is actually extremely easy to control and avoid. All you have to do is split your food intake up into smaller meals more often throughout the day, rather than a few large meals. It really is just that simple.
Don’t take this to mean that you should add snacks to your daily routine in addition to your regular mealtimes. A[n unhealthy] snack is not the same thing as a small nutritious meal, especially if you still eat your regular, large, meal later. All you’re doing by doing that is adding calories to your day and weight to your midsection.
Instead, plan your meals so that they are smaller and complete — with lean protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates — just in smaller portion sizes. This way you’re still getting the same amount of calories every day, but broken up into smaller meals more often.