Increased heart rate with GERD flare-ups?

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CathyA
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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I'm trying to figure out why my resting heart rate is up. I fell off the diet wagon at Christmas and finally got back on it after Easter. I've really abused my system by overeating. I also have eaten too much salt. After Easter, I've cut way back on salt and food, but I think my body is still suffering from the holidays abuses. Do any of you ever notice that your heart rate goes up (especially after eating), when your esophagus is more irritated? My resting heart rate was about 78, but now its around 90. After I eat even a small meal, it goes to 100. I'm having some other things checked out, but I am suspecting an irritated esophagus.......even though I don't have heartburn. Anyone else notice this increase in heart rate when things flare up?
Thanks.

Bo Peep
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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely! When I have more food than I should (i.e. a normal meal!) my heart rate goes like the clappers! It's horrid especially when I am in bed.
Elaine


CathyA
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   Posted 3/30/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Elaine,
I get so tired of it beating so hard! I was on a beta blocker for 5 years, and it was wonderful, because it got rid of all that fast and hard beating. In fact, I would occasionally feel for my pulse, to make sure it was still there! that was great. But the med had some bad side-effects, so I'm off it now.
Now that I don't have much heartburn anymore, it seems like my main symptom is that darned fast beating. I agree.....its especially bad when lying down. Sometimes I can't even get to sleep because of it. :(
Thanks for your reply.

AstroADF
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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Same here; bang on with Bo Peep. Especially at night? That's the worse time. I've had nights when it's beat Hard and Fast all night long, and I wake (if I get to sleep at all) with a sore chest, as if I've had a heart workout.

It always happens when it's food related, namely if I have a night out and go the scoff on a big meal / rush it down / overeat. Then I pay the consequences!

Thus... I've learnt not to do that.

katie1808
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I experience the fast heart rate too. Esp at night.  Sometime it can be beating so fast that I wake up gasping and my chest is pounding.  Highly unpleasent.
 
I have cronic Dyspepsia (basically cronic indigestion) so my fast heart rate is defintely related to my condition.
 
I do know that eating a large or heavy meal can put more pressure on the heart.  There is a seasonal increase of heart attacks over the christmas period, I guess following that HUGE christmas dinner. 
 
 

CathyA
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   Posted 3/31/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone,
Sometimes, it only takes a small bit of food to trigger the increased heartrate. I've also noticed that if I have alot of air in my stomach, that can trigger the heartrate too. Sometimes taking gas-x helps. I wonder if its a stomach/esophagus problem, or if it has more to do with the blood vessels to the stomach over-reacting, over dilating and and the heart responds to that? Whatever it is...........I HATE it!
And Christmas is the WORST time for me, falling off the wagon, and abusing my GERD. I have to figure out a way to get through that holiday without getting myself into long-term trouble all the time.

eihcet
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   Posted 4/17/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been mostly ok but the last few months this has been something that has woken me up at night a few times now.  I have noticed that my resting rate is higher than it used to be, and just in general it feels like my pulse is stronger even though my blood pressure is generally low.  I'm thinking it's GERD because I had a peppermint candy a couple times and it seems like it was related and I read that the peppermint can cause the muscle to relax that keeps acid in the stomach.  Still not 100% sure though, I guess hardly anybody ever is. 
 
Anyway, the symptoms come and go, my Diet has kept it mostly in control (low/healthy fat, no carbonated bev., etc) but every now and then I toss in something new to see what happens.  The Peppermint Candy was an experiment and the first few times I didn't notice anything but maybe it was having it closer to the evening hours or just the fact that I had a few over a few days that built up the issues.
 
I still think it might be my gallbladder and not emptying right (Sphincter of Odi issue or disease) but I don't have any pain to speak of so I'm really at a loss.  Pointing that way is a family history of GB removals (usually associated with pain); Low Blood Pressure lately; Yellow Stool ; Got worse after using PPI (and study links) ; almost 100% definitely triggered when I eat eggs. 
 
Have appt next week with a new GI doc to talk about this stuff, hopefully this one will be more caring.
 
 

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/17/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
m still kind of new to all the PPI=proton pump inhibitor? in a month i will have been on it a year, am I gonna get side effects.
I have been real bad lately eating what I shoulnt but not felt too bad. I occosionally feel the fast heart beat, but not always at bed, and I tend to think its a panic attack, or anxiety attack, becasue if I take something it will go away.  But now Im scared of being on a long term PPI, Im a going to have more problems.  I have the gastorparies to which compnds things, the one serious thing I cannot eat is raw vegatables, and I am real un happy about that, how can I eat healthy.   ANyway I was thinking maybe some of you are having and anxiety attack? just a thought, but if happens time and time again when you eat the offensive food then I guess thats it, is there anything you can do or take for it? confused ....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
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CathyA
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   Posted 4/17/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
One thing I'm realizing is that for us females, hormones might be playing a huge part. I'm in menopause, but my hormones are still fluctuating. I've noticed that when I have hormone fluctuations, it gives me a ton of different symptoms......some of which are my GERD flares up, my IBS flares up, and my anxiety flares up. (also my heartrate goes up). All of these symptoms were definitely worse on hormone replacement therapy.
I also want to mention that I had horrible daily headaches almost the whole 5 years I was on a PPI. I realize now that the PPI was contributing alot to those headaches.
Its really hard to differentiate exactly what causes what.........but it sure isn't fun.
As I was going through perimenopause, (and fibromyalgia), I developed sleep apnea and would wake up in a panic, and gasping for air with my heart beating out of my chest. Just last year, I started using CPAP and it has helped. So some of you might consider investigating a sleep problem. Sleep apnea can definitely cause GERD to worsen........since all that struggling to breath can bring acid up into our throats.
Life can be a challenge, can't it?
Good luck to all of you.

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/17/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cathy, Yes life can be a challenge, fortunatley I am not to the need of a machine to sleep, I have had a partial hysterectomy, so I dont know if that plays havoc with my body too?
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/

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