Don't know if anyone has experienced this with their GERD but Just thought I would share this with you, as I was convinced I had severe heart disease only to find out after much testing that I have Roemheld Syndrome
. I am 62 yearsw old and this started when I was in my twenties - I would get heart palpitations or arrythmia (feeling like your heart is skipping a beat), especially after eating a big meal. I would take an antacid for awhile and eventually the indigestion would subside and so would the arrythmia. It also felt like everything I was eating was just "sitting" at the top of my abdomen right under my diaghphram and until I belched about
a 100 times, the irregular heartbeat would continue. I haven't noticed the arrythmia now in about
four years and about
a month ago it returned with a vengeance ESPECIALLY after eating. Being older now I was really afraid this was the real thing and I had slipped into actually heart disease (I'm a smoker). But I still noticed that it was the worst after eating. When I awoke in the morning the arrythmia was barefly noticeable and after taking my blood pressure med (Toprol) it would improve even more. After doing some reading on the subject of arrythmia I started on a regimen of Potassium, CoQ10, Magnesium and Folic Acid (which seemed to help a little) but I was still worried what was really going on. After much testing, I was diagnosed with Roemheld Syndrome....."characterized by presure in the epigastric and left hypochondriac region it is believed this leads to elevation of the diaphragm, and secondary displacement of the heart causing stimulation of the vagus nerve and a variety of cardiac symptoms, e.g. arrhythmia, sinus bradycardia. This is complemented by gastro-coronary reflexes whereby the coronary arteries constrict with cardiovascular symptoms similar to chest-pain on the left side and sometimes in the left shoulder, dyspnea, sweating, upt o angina pectoris-like attacks and tachycardia even though there are no changes related in the EKG detected. I am being treated now with an anticholinergic to treat the vagus nerve, an alpha blocker, simethicone, beano and Nexium and the Toprol. It seems to be helping already but too early to really know for sure. Just wanted to share in case anyone out there has similar symptoms.
< Edit> to bold several words.
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