Skipped Heart Beats

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MadMax
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   Posted 11/28/2005 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had frequent bouts of heart palpitations (or feeling that my heart is rolling) and and sometimes it feels like my heart has skipped a beat.  This generally occurs when my GERD is acting up.   Sometimes when this happens, I panic and make the symptoms worse.  Does anyone else experience the feeling of your heart skipping a beat and/or "rolling?"

Sarita
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   Posted 11/29/2005 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Max,

These are very common symptoms, usually attributed to preventricular contractions (PVCs) or preatrial contractions (PACs).  The electrical impulses get a little haywire in there sometimes and cause a feeling of a skipped beat, when in actuality you have a beat followed by a premature beat and then a longer lag time than normal (the "skipped" feeling).  Many, many people experience these, and most undergo a cardiac work-up (EKG, stress test, or echocardiogram) to rule out any major problems.  Mine started when I was 14 years old.  They can be brought on by too much caffeine or alcohol, certain medications, and stress or anxiety.  Some people take medications called beta blockers to prevent them, but usually they can be controlled (or at least become tolerable) without medicines.  I've found the best "cure" for a long run of PVCs, for me, is to take a brisk jog for about 10-20 minutes.  Sort of "shock" your heart back into a normal rhythm!

I still get these episodes fairly frequently, surely at least once a day, and sometimes (if I'm sick, had too much caffeine, etc.) I'll get a long run of them that lasts hours, sometimes even days, and then I know it's time to change something I'm doing!  Cut back on the caffeine, take a run, do some meditation - these typically work best for me.

The good news is that 99% of the time, these "skipped beats" are nothing to worry about and are simply a nuisance.  Sometimes a big, scary nuisance, but you have to be able to talk yourself through them.  Depending on your age, family history, etc. you may want to get a cardiac work-up for your peace of mind!


MadMax
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   Posted 11/30/2005 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply, it was very helpful. I think just knowing that these symptoms are "normal" and many other experience them to will help me talk myself out of the anxiety and fear.

On questions though. Do these symptoms tend to coincide when your reflux is acting up?

snowhite
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   Posted 12/7/2005 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
there has been evidence that gerd can cause heart palpitations or even the feeling of skipped beats. take a deep breath and try to relax it is bothersome but if it is a concern go see a cardologist to get some tests done to rule out any abnormalities with the heart.

happy health

jamiem48
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   Posted 12/7/2005 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
well, it seems my gerd has been acting up. and it feels sometimes like i get skipped beats. but i know that it is the "feeling" of it, because I never felt that before it started acting up so badly within the past few weeks.

LauraV
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   Posted 12/7/2005 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   

People who have GERD with hiatal hernia are known to experience symptoms like skipped heartbeat and breathing difficulty.  Researchers attribute it to "hiatal hernia syndrome."  Basically, they argue that once the diaphragm is compromised it causes a host of problems related to circulation and inability to breathe deeply.  Have you been diagnosed with a hh?

Laura


Shelloyd
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   Posted 2/2/2006 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I frequently have feelings of heart fluttering or extra beats- sometimes even pounding whenever my reflux is bad. It is sort of like- "bubbling" in my heart area. I have had a cardiac work up ( negative ). It can be very scary. I have even called 911 once when I was afraid that I was having a heart attack. Sometimes it literally feels like my heart is hurting - ( thus the term "heartburn" I guess )-- Since I began suffering from heartburn, I have maintained that it would have been so much easier for us if God had put our stomachs on the opposite side of our heart ( instead of right beside/below our heart!)

CathyA
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   Posted 2/3/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Mad Max,
I asked this question a couple months ago. YOu might check out some of the old posts. I seem to have skipped beats for various reasons......one of which does seem to be when my GERD is flaring up. I wonder if some of the same nerve pathways that go across the heart, also traverse the lower esophogus. I also think that my heart (and maybe yours) is very sensitive to anything pressing on it.....like the stomach through the diaphragm. When I get bloated from a GERD flare-up, I wonder if it's that pressure. Our hearts are funny. You push on them, and they push back! At least that's the way it seems for me.
I also have determined that if I have stool in my transverse colon that's moving too slow, it causes me irregular heartbeats too.
I also think that some of us have small sliding hiatal hernias that press on our hearts and cause irregular beats. Unfortunately, all the docs really down-play hiatal hernias......but I wonder if alot of us have them occasionally.

Yahvette
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   Posted 2/5/2006 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I can relate to you alls pains and sufferings. I wish you better overall health. My story is that it took the doctors about 7 months to diagnose me with H. Pylori, I have since been treated which caused me to have gastritis it cauaes me to have heart palpatations and lightheadiness. I went for three ekg's including the nucluear stress test and have no heart disease, an MRI which I have no problems in my head but they did prescribe to me anxiety meds, i finally went back to a gastrologist which I do not have gerd but gastritis is no picnik. I am much better but still get some of the symtoms not as bad but not completely gone. I go back in april to see if the H. Pylori has been eradicated. But a couple symptoms still bother me that is the sharp upper back pains and prickly chest pains all over. Does any have these symptoms with gerd or gastritis. Also doctors told me I have vertigo but that seems to have with away. That was before I was treated with prev pack that made me really ill for 14 days.

CathyA
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   Posted 2/6/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Yahvette,
I read awhile back that H.pylori causes ulcers.........BUT....when you get rid of the H.pylori organisms, then you start having reflux. I've heard that even though the organism isn't good to have, it sort of protects the lower esophogus a bit....... What a drag.........to exchange one pain for another!
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