Heart Palpitations, could it be realted to GAS?!?

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KFBR
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   Posted 2/5/2014 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, just found this thread so i'll give my experiences here.
I'm an extremely active 38 year old male, I've been experiencing palpitations now for some 10 years brought about by what I think at the time was severe indigestion (a cucumber in a peanut satay is what I have narrowed it down to which gave acid re-flux for several days) at the start the palpitations or 'flutters' led to increased anxiety and what I can only think were panic attacks(horrible things!!!!), and possible depression partly due to not knowing what was going on and fruitless trips to the doctor.
During the past 10 years I've had ECG's 7 day Monitors, was given warfarin, betablockers and took aspirin under doctors instruction but now don't take anything as I have managed to almost completely control the symptoms.
I find that when I get a flutter I can relieve it belching or twisting, diet is the main control I've found that for me cutting out all caffeine and removing wheat from my diet as this was causing my stomach to bloat (I'm not gluten intolerant, just wheat, I found to my surprise as this was the main factor also was the reason for my constant upset stomach, which I had endured for years and practically healed overnight!) creating gas and bloating triggering the palpitations, I also take time to relax these have helped no end.
Now I know how to control my palpitations 99% of the time it means I the confidence to enjoy life more, it can be a vicious circle getting palpitations then worrying about them which triggers stress then more palpitations just hang in there and try a bit of self help (no drink, illegal drugs or smoking) see the doctor, isolate foods that bloat you or try eating little and often, cut out caffeine, and relax listen to some soothing music its amazing how simple things can have a profound effect.

Bed81
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   Posted 2/24/2014 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am deaf and 52 yrs old. I started my paps since Oct. and I have 2 meds that help but not helpful. But one med that will help me to sleep.

I read your stories and it was interesting to learn. I do have gas and dividers titis that may cause the paps. Any advise? One story that I read your story that I will try that. I need to read again tomorrow. I appreciated your input and feedback.

I will explain my story about how my paps started. Last August 2013, it started with my muscle pull on my back. a week later, I went to ER room to check up, dr gave me a med for muscle relaxer, few days later, the pain was going down to my low back and felt numb and pain and cant sleep well.. went to the prompt clinic and dr gave me two meds for pain and muscle relaxers. it was getting better and able to sleep some. Last Oct. 2013, the palps pop up  and cant sleep good. Went to Er room to check up my heart. it was fine... gave me one med for high blood pressure. 3 days later, I went to see my dr. he said that I had a anxiety that caused the palps. gave me two meds for depression and anxiety and help to sleep. So I research on the interent to find out about palps. found one that helped me but not working.. found here and read  it.. that will try to do differenty from your ideas and expriences. I will be appreicated to hear from you. hope to hear from your feedback. thanks

Post Edited (Bed81) : 2/26/2014 2:31:00 AM (GMT-7)


sakrjk
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   Posted 3/21/2014 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad that I found this site. I'm 34 yr, Female. I had my gallbladder taken out almost 2 1/2 yrs ago after going on a strict no carb/no sugar diet, one day at work I was sitting at my desk and suddenly my heart felt like it was coming out of my chest (this was VERY soon after the surgery) I took my heart rate with a wrist blood pressure cup and it was 180. Of course, I totally freak out and run to the ER because I thought I was going to die. They of course could find nothing as the racing heart had stopped, all my blood work came back normal and I was told that I had anxiety issues. I have never felt "anxious" in my life. I was referred to a cardiologist who game me an echo/stress test/halter monitor, etc. all of which came back normal. I kept eating no carbs/no sugar because this of course was how I lost my weight and I wanted to keep on that track, I didn't have any rapid heart beats for a while and then when I had forgot about them BAM, I'd have one, go back to the ER and was told the same thing again. Right before I got married last year I had an episode in the middle of a shoe store and I thought for certain that I was about to go knocking on the "pearly gates", they called an ambulance and once at the hospital I explained my symptoms yet again and was handed this white chalky stuff called a "GI cocktail", WOW what a difference that made, instantly my stomach calmed down, the feeling that I was going to kill over disapated and the pain in my left side went away. I was asked what I ate the prior day. I told the doctor (can't remember now) and he suggested maybe going to the GI doctor about "gluten".
Go to the GI doc, he wanted to do all these "tests" to confirm, costs ranging in the 2k's and I was like "....no" I'll just try the "Gluten Free" diet. This worked... for a while. From August to December no racing heart, occasional "thumps" but, nothing I got concerned over... then the day after Christmas, which I can probably blame on "family cooking" I found myself back in the ER with a severe migraine and episode of heart palps, again told to follow up w/ the GI doctor. January through just this Monday have been good with a brief trip to the ER Monday morning for just the over all feel of dread, chest pains on the left side and I freaked myself out so badly that I began to have the racing heart.
After reading everyones input I find that I'm not going insane, this is a real thing... I'm not crazy, but, I need help. I barely eat processed foods, normally the same foods on a weekly basis. I do drink 1-2 glasses of red wine a night but, normally I stick to a pretty good diet.
Any suggestions of clearing this up w/ out medication or a "detox"?

Sheen
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   Posted 5/22/2014 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Heya, kinda late to post in here, but thanks for the advice and info. on these weird pulps. Mine only started a few days back, (coincidentally, I'm 16) but, i was terrified at first, thinking of the worst reasons as to why i had them. Haven't had a doctor check yet, but the info. on it being gas-related and the ways to help prevent and manage it really helped so far, and I've only tried these for 2 days now. I'll probably try to colon cleanse thing and hope for the best. Thanks again for the help, really hoping they go away soon. Nice to know that I'm not alone on this.

JungRulz
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   Posted 5/23/2014 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sheen,

Mine started at about 15 years old, nearly 40 years ago. They come and go. It's best if you have a doctor check you out first, they can be related to levels of electrolytes or other factors that can be shown with blood tests. Having an EKG is probably advised too. The vast majority if these things are harmless, though annoying, but being seen by a doctor would be best. How many to you get? How often?

stkitt
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   Posted 5/24/2014 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Sheeen,
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to read of your issues however, the best advice you have received was posted by Jung.  He is wise and his suggestion is the best one.  Always see your Dr. for a medical screening exam for any new onset of medical problems.
 
Also, noting you are 16, have you talked with your parents? 
 
I do hope you stop back and let us know how you are doing.
 
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Craig Van Rensburg
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   Posted 6/25/2014 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had this problem for decades. PVCs, hypertension, tacycardia, skipped beats and lightheadedness. It took me ages to relate it to GI and gas. It happens mainly after eating and is instantly relieved by belching. After years of researching everything from vagus nerve tone to PH and the likes, i came accross a known syndrome that im surprised doctors dont even know about. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roemheld_syndrome

stkitt
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   Posted 6/26/2014 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Craig,
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Thank you for your input and I hope you stick with us. 
 
Actually Roemheld syndrome pops up in the forums from time to time. There is  more discussion in the GERD Forum re this syndrome than found in the Heart forum.
 
I am going to post a link to a thread re this topic from the GERD Forum -
 
 
Again welcome to HealingWell.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
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pfanelli
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   Posted 8/12/2014 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
i have almost the same symptoms. They tell me I have afib and i am not sure that that is what it is. I take a low dose of a beta blocker but i think it is something hormonal i am 61 yrs old and think it has to do with menopause and hormones. it happened back in my 40's but didn't last. just a few episodes and then went away.Now i can't get rid of it. but i always have had a problem with too much gas in my stomach.hope it goes away again! scary! i also have always had a lot of anxiety! But this makes it worse! Let me know if you find anything! good luck

pfanelli
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   Posted 8/12/2014 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have had episodes of what they tell me is afib.They say my heart is fine but my blood is too thick doesn't make much sense to me but i do get scared when i get it! Taking magnesium and some other vitamins to try and stop it.also take a low dose of beta blocker to slow down my heart rate so it is not too fast when it starts out of sync! I think it has to do with excess gas in my stomach and is almost always triggered by eating.unless it is a food allergy which is also possible They say i should eventually take blood thinners but i don't think i will i take baby aspirin every night.that is enough.no more meds!hoping it will go away as mysteriously as it came! Good luck to all of us!

MMalik
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   Posted 8/18/2014 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in the same condition 2 years before gas from stomach to heart and heart rate become too much fast and i start feeling anxiety. I consult with a doctor after several investigations he found nothing but gastric disorders. Then I start boiled vegetables, fruits no oil except olive oil no red meats. I made this practice for 3 months and i am perfectly alright.

Jenn1202
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   Posted 9/3/2014 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I get also palpitations (PVCs/PACs) more frequently when I have lots of gas. I never had them before I had SIBO!

You mentioned that heart monitors and EKGs haven't picked up any palpitations. Have you tried a 30 day loop or event monitor?

jenphil
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   Posted 9/18/2014 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

This is the first time I've ever posted about a health concern. I am very glad to have found this site and this particular thread. I've been having a "flutter" sensation in my chest and belly for a few weeks accompanied by hot flashes and/or cold flashes. Yesterday, I had a sudden dizzy spell along with a severe hot flash, which triggered my very first, and really long, heart palpatations. It lasted nearly two hours and my heartrate, which is 64 baseline, went up to 80. I know this is still in the normal range but it really was a scary feeling. This morning I was fine and went into work. Right after lunch, I had another episode of hot flashes with palpitations, this time even more severe. My hr went from the mid 60s to 112 within an hour. I had my boss drive me to the ER (I'm very close to one, thank goodness) and they did the ekg, thyroid and metabolite panels, cbc, etc, and found nothing abnormal. Although they ruled out most serious illnesses, they couldn't say what caused these episodes. I'm a very healthy 40 year old woman with little stress (normal stress levels, I would say) and I'm very relaxed and easy going for the most part. I tend to dwell illnesses and I recognize that this may be anxiety associated with being a slight hypochondriac (as my husband calls me) and of course the ER dr's said they couldn't rule it out, but again, they didn't know the cause. I'm following up with my PCP next week or sooner. I was wondering...I've been reading that these symptoms can also manifest in a woman entering early menapause (perimenapausal symptoms)? I know I am still young but my mother-in-law entered perimenapause by the time she was in her mid 30s. Unfortunately, my own mother has passed away and had a hysterectomy at age 42(ish). Does anyone know if palpatations can result from hot flashes due to perimenapause? Has anyone been diagnosed as perimenapausal and have had these palpations with hot flashes (and/or) sometimes without the flashes? I also have reflux and am bloated so there's another variable....

Thank you all in advance for your help!
Jen

PM_Dave
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   Posted 10/8/2014 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Similar story here....
The day began much the same as any other. 35min commute to work, Monster energy drink in hand, tackling pile of overnight emails and phone calls. No particularly unusual stress or anxiety. I stood up at my desk and my heart seemed to launch into some kind of Rush drum solo and I fainted. Took a ride to the ER where they found absolutely nothing wrong. Followed up with a cardiology appointment and a "million dollar" workup (blood, imaging, stress tests, etc.) No joy. Doctors told me I needed to "reduce my stress" and "Stay off the energy drinks."
I went to a GI doc who did a similarly complete workup (upper/lower) and he found that I had "a minor hiatal hernia" and wrote me a script for GI cocktail. That was the only thing that seemed to relieve the chest discomfort. NONE of them made the connection between the GI problems and the heart flutters. I was mildly annoyed when it was suggested that I try taking an anxiety medication.

Found this post after Googling "GI problems that cause heart palpitations"... Still living (thank Heaven) with the discomfort to this day and hoping to find relief as it has become very distracting. After reading the posts above, I am encouraged that such a day may come soon.

Tim1968
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   Posted 10/12/2014 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys I am 42 years old women and have four kids i have same symptoms that my heart is beating very fast and i feel iam going to die but it happen when ever i have gas problem as it gone i feel fine but when ever i went to dr to chk my problem they said gas can not cause heart palpitation

Jenn1202
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   Posted 10/19/2014 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
PM_Dave said...

I went to a GI doc who did a similarly complete workup (upper/lower) and he found that I had "a minor hiatal hernia" ...


I also have a minor hiatal hernia. I wonder if there's some connection between hiatal hernia and heart palpitations.

PM_Dave, if your palpitations make you faint you should probably ask your cardiologist for a 30 day event monitor or an implanted loop monitor, just to make sure the fainting episodes are not caused by something serious. If your cardiologist refuses to do further testing or tells you to take anxiety meds, get a second opinion.

Post Edited (Jenn1202) : 10/19/2014 10:10:15 PM (GMT-6)


capurafarol
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   Posted 11/21/2014 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok all I'm going to say is I have these symptoms too and they are scary. Anxiety sets in and I have been to the ER three times this year, 3 EKG's, 2 holter monitors, and a heart sonogram. Everything is normal they say, but it feels like I'm going to die any minute. So all of you that have written something...you have it too, now please write what you do to get rid of it.

capurafarol
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   Posted 11/21/2014 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
JakiB said...
Hi Everyone,
So I am the original poster to this thread, and I wanted to just update everyone.

I can now say that my palps are gone.

In my post I told you I was suffering with very strange bouts of gas, and diarrhea, also having lots of other problems along the way. I was told I was suffering from IBS and Anxiety by doctors, but I always felt like there was an underlying problem or that I was fixable.

First of all they were trying to get me to take Anxiety medication on top of IBS problems. When you're suffering from IBS or any intestinal problems for that matter you SHOULD NOT take any type of prescription medication unless you were previously taking it, or it's a life and death situation, but adding anxiety medication on to my already upset stomach made everything WORSE. It unbalanced my intestinal flora and made me nauseous, I was not having regular bowl movements for days at a time, and I was feeling EXTREMELY miserable, BUT I do believe I've found a cure for myself.

After being told twice that there was nothing I could do, just deal with my IBS and palps, and try to eat healthy yahta yahta, I quickly changed doctors again and again until I found one that didn't just write me off. My new doctor took the regular blood/stool/urine tests and said that all my results were coming up normal but that she wasn't going to write me off, she asked a lot of questions and finally suggested I look into holistic remedies because she felt I should not be taking the anxiety medication if it's making the original problem worse. She told me that possibly looking into doing holistic remedies I could over come my IBS easily. By that statement alone I have started to realize that many western doctors are not really interested in "curing" you, just interested in getting you to come back to pay for more drugs, appointments, etc. I don't know about you, but I don't want to have to take medication unless I really need it, and this time I really didn't.

I looked up holistic remedies for IBS and palpitations and began asking around and doing a lot of research with holistic healers/doctors/nutritionists etc. I found out that a lot of times palps, gerd, gas, and acid reflux can come from toxic build up's in your colon due to how we defecate incorrectly. Humans were made to hunch over and squat down to eliminate our bowls to help push everything out, but because we sit up-right on top of a toilet and eat a lot of junk foods all of it gets built up and stuck in our intestines causing a build up of bacteria ultimately causing things like gas, gerd, and palps.

*Please note that if you have a hiatal hernia or other complication like it, this is not the approach for you, and stick with your doctors advice*

I started with a natural colon cleanse called The Ultimate Cleanse to flush out any built up toxins I may have. I did a 2 week cleanse and within only a couple of days my gas, my palps, and my acid reflux came to a halt. I also started as advised on an all-organic diet, removing all processed sugars, breads, yeasts etc. For two weeks during the cleanse I ate raw and steamed organic veggies, eggs in any style, and low fat meats only. After the two week detox I started to introduce things back into my system but slowly. Now I continue to eat only organic foods that are not processed, and do not contain MSG, Aspartame, or other synthetic ingredients. I also stay away from sodas, instead I go for organic ginger ale, and I do occasionally drink coffee but only from organically grown beans. I do not drink dairy from cows milk because I've always had an intolerance with it so I use goats milk products or soy products instead. One thing I have added to my diet is an ancient fermented tea called Kombucha. You drink 1 bottle/12oz a day, which puts good yeasts, Vitamin B's, and live probiotics back into your intestines. It also helped me to start growing back my hair, and I feel less hungry and get less crazy cravings for high sugar/carb meals. I am happy to say that I am now palp and IBS free for 2 months. I have only had one very small palp about 2 weeks ago after indulging in a very heavy carb filled meal at a friends house that mostly likely wasn't organic products.

So I don't know about your situation or what you've tried or been told to do, but you may want to give some of this a try...if not all of it, just try a colon cleanse, because for me the colon cleanse was one missing ingredient. I had tried the yeast free diet thinking it was Candida, which was basically what I was eating during the detox; just veggies, eggs, and meat, and still I would get the palps and gas. After I was advised to try it again but organically, and with the cleanse is when it changed. It couldn't hurt to try it, and it may work for you too, because I seriously tried EVERYTHING I found information about. I went to see numerous doctors, had numerous tests, (and paid tons of bills) tried numerous diets, tried exercising 5 days a week, and took vitamins and minerals thinking maybe I was deficient in some area, and it just went on and on and on, and all the gas and palps were still there everyday. Now, I felt better with no anxiety, no upset stomach issues, I never feel bloated or sick anymore, and I feel like I honestly got my life back.

Here is a list of what I did, and the things that seemed to work for me, still I would advise that you talk to your doctor about the things I have done, and see if they would work with your medication or lifestyle, or even better try talking to a holistic doctor like this one: http://www.doctorajadams.com/CREDENTIALS2.html - she will answer your questions in email form as well! I also advise taking down a food journal, because it may just be one specific thing that is bugging you, but if you are like me, and you've tried eliminating certain foods, tried certain diets, and it doesn't seem to help, maybe this is the thing for you too:

Here is what I did & continue to do:

-Take an organic over the counter colon cleanse or colon detox kit once or twice a year as needed. (do not use more than 1 month at a time) until your bowl movements are back to 2-3 regular movements per day.

-During detox eliminate all processed foods, carbs, and sugars for at least 2-4 weeks; eating only organic veggies, organic meats, and organic antibiotic free eggs.

-Take a comprehensive liquid organic vitamin daily- found in most health/vitamin store.

-Try to stay away from too much yeast & alcohol during and after the cleanse. (beer, wine, liquor, breads, pastries, etc)

-After your detox period is over slowly introduce new things into your diet like organic breads - fruits - fiber cereals - oatmeal, one at a time 2 or 3 times a week at most.

-Exercise regularly - take a 45 min yoga class, do 30 mins at the gym, take a bike ride, or at least just a brisk walk up and down your street - 3-4 times a week.

-Eat only organic foods free of processed ingredients, MSG, Aspartame, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, etc.

-Drink 1 12 oz. Kombucha bottle a day for 1 month and notice a HUGE difference after or during your detox! (can be found at most organic food markets like Henry's or Whole Foods, or online at www.kombucha2000.com) Buy the brands made in dark brown bottles as it preserves the live yeast better. It tastes much like a sweetened apple cider, and it may be a bit strange and not what you're used to at first but after a few tries it's amazing!

Give this a try after talking to your doctor and let me know if this or something else has worked for you!
Best Wishes!


JakiB-Would really like to know how you are doing today. It has been a few years. Many others have shown up with similar symptoms. It is driving me nuts. I'm only 39, recently changed my diet, lost a bunch of weight and cut out caffeine. Still having palps.

skuunkey9
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   Posted 4/8/2015 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
dancinheart said...
Absolutely the palps have alot to do with IBS and Gerds( reflux) and stay away from peppermint of any kind its the worst thing for gas, acid reflux, and hiatal hernia. No onions, garlic, tomato sauces, peppermint or mints of any kind. Do not eat large meals Small meals maybe 4/5 times a day and never eat after 7 pm. Magnesium does help the palps, definitely. Do not take 250mgs at a pop my Dr. says break them in half and take 125mg with breakfast lunch and dinner. I am now taking 375mgs a day and the heart jumping rolling and racing is almost completely gone!! Also when you obsess over them the palps get worse, remember, when they happen they are benign they wont kill you people on the anxiety forum sight have been living with them for 25 yrs and it hasnt killed them!! Breathe deeply through your nose hold it count of four and breathe out your mouth, cleansing calming breathes. Four counts for about 10 minutes or more, relaxing shoulders. Take yoga and meditation like Tai Chi, Chi Gung. Calm your mind. I hope the things that have helped me will help u. By the way, my gastritis would start my palpitations. I would feel like my heart was jumping out of my chest. I know how you feel exactly.



Thank you for posting this I have the dancing heart too I have GERD and I think IBS although I have not been diagnosed yet, but when I have a flare up of GERD with constipation I have heart flutters, and it feels as if my heart pauses then I will feel a bubbling or gurgling of flatulence, this is such a terrible feeling I am having a flare up as I type

mor54
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   Posted 5/18/2015 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had the palpitation problem for twenty plus years and recently worsening then discovered eating yogurt when I get up seems to end it for the day. I can only speculate why and hope this helps someone else too.
Good luck in life.

Schema
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   Posted 11/7/2015 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

This is basically to let you all know you are not alone. I do get them as well. I feel palpitations, get scared and immediately feel the need to go to the bathroom or get extremely gassy. This is particularly uncomfortable when I am outside of my house at work or college. However, I've been feeling this way for over 3 years now. It made me develop anxiety and panic attacks which do not allow me to go out as often as I would like to. All I can do is relax when I get them. I am more used to it now, I try to think straight and don't panic. It is still scary, but I just think it out, hug the feeling and think that this is not the first time I felt it and definitely not the last. Even if you manage to control it it will happen every once in a while. It has a lot to do with our personalities. Sometimes I even think of the possibility of it not being heart palpitations, but probably a spasm in the esophagus or something. All the other symptoms come right after I feel the pounding in my chest and get scared.

I hope this helps. I want to let you all know that we most likely will not die from anything related to that.

Kibry
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   Posted 4/2/2016 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Jakib and everybody thank you VERY much for this post. I did not even consider that I can have heart problems because of gases. I knew how to do 'vacuum exercises' and thanks to them I'm 'stable' now and managed to get rid of the panic and moderate my problem so far, once again a BIG THANK YOU !

Lyndsy
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   Posted 4/6/2016 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that this post is here! Reading the "lengthy" post about the gas related heart palps and nervousness is exactly what I'm going through right now. It's exactly what I needed. I'm glad that I'm not alone in this struggle.

Zorana
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   Posted 11/25/2016 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I've suffered from a rapid heart beat that is on set by various things such as bending over quickly, jumping or sudden movement and occasionally by gas....I went to many doctors and they kept telling my I had anxiety. I knew they were wrong. I finally went to a cardiologist and asked them to check me for SVT...and they put me on a heart monitor for three weeks...sure enough that was it. They gave me the option to take medication for it but I declined, since my case was not dangerous. My doctor thought me helpful ways to make the episodes stop on their own. One simple way is to take a deep breath in with out exhaling and baring down like you are going to the bathroom until it stops...you may need to do it more then once. Hope this helps.

middleaged1
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   Posted 12/6/2016 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had palps (PVCs) for decades, with ECG's going back the to 80's. I remember my high school girlfriend noticing them. For me they are entirely related to food triggers, gas, bloating, and GERD. I can shut them off with burps, cold water, TUMS, anti-gas chewables, etc. And I have a cardiologist, and he's given me the all clear. My blood work looks beautiful. My palps are entirely, completely, nutrition related. If I eat the wrong stuff, they come on. If I starve myself or skip a meal, it seems the smallest thing will bring them on. If I don't stay hydrated, they are worse than they need to be.

Also, the newer ECG carts spit out an entirely computer generated diagnosis. Don't always trust it. I had one ECG readout at my regular doctor's say I was in Afib, and I felt like a million bucks. My cardiologist was sent the trace and he laughed at it. Trust your cardiologist over your regular doctor.

Here are my management strategies:

Every day habits:
Drink 90+ oz of water each day
One run of the mill multivitamin
One probiotic supplement
450 mg Magnesium (Triple Calm), spread out over the day
Coenzyme Q10
Always balance sodium and potassium as close as possible
Keep sodium to 2400-3000 per day. Once in a while I've done 4000 in one day, with no adverse effects, but I try to keep the lid at 2400 just to keep my blood pressure at bay.
Always be trying to lose weight.
Avoid slouching and bending, and avoid compressing the stomach (such as crawling on your stomach)
Avoid the food triggers (for me, it's fast food, pizza, cake, peppers, oily food)

Nutrition plan that seems to keep them at bay (if not gone, then completely unnoticeable):
Never over eat
Never eat just simple carbs (pastry, donuts, cake)
Never overdo it with oil and fats
Always eat fruits and veggies, every single day. I eat 2 apples and an orange a day, minimum, plus a big spinach salad.
Spread meals out to 5-6 meals a day (200-600 cal/meal, never more)
Never skip a meal
Avoid restaurant food like the plague, but when it's necessary, plan ahead to manage sodium and fat content
Keep backup emergency meal somewhere in the truck or house: protein bar, shake, shake mix, etc, so I never, ever miss a meal
Always balance protein/carb/fat in each meal around 35/45/20-ish (i.e., always have a protein)
Never try a starvation diet (for me, male 250 lb, that means never less than 1700 cal/day more than once)

Bag of tricks to make them go away:
Try antigas chewables if bloated, then move around, do twists, walk, anything, but get up and get moving, even if it's 2 am
Burp. Burps make my palps disappear instantly.
TUMS if I feel a hint of GERD
Pint of ice cold water, in one shot
Eat a small meal, like an apple and a cheese stick
Valsalva maneuver
Nose breathing to calm down, if needed
4-4-8 breathing to calm down, if needed
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