Does anyone else get Flutters in the Chest w/ GERD?

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   Posted 10/28/2011 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I have bad GERD and I'm not sure if this is part of it or not (Dr. isn't either)
I get flutters in my chest and a little breathing issue w/ cough. Kind of like I have something stuck where the flutter is(in the center of my chest).
Should I be concerned?
 Sometimes I get light headed also when this happens.
 I have told the GI and a surgeon (who may preform a NF / Wrap) both say it may be the GERD doing it.
Does anyone else have/ had this issue?

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   Posted 10/28/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have indeed felt the fluttering, but not with any other symptoms. I've never known what it was, either.

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   Posted 10/28/2011 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello MG,
The fluttering sensation in your chest is probably Premature Atrial or Ventricular Contractions (PACs and PVCs). These are quite normal and common with or without heart disease, and can be provoked or aggravated by caffeine, nicotine, anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation, inhalation of noxious fumes, etc. The list is quite long, and sometimes there is no apparent reason for them.
To be on the safe side and to decrease your worries about the flutters you may want to seek out the opinion of a cardiologist.
This is just my opinion and remember I am not a professional. 
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   Posted 10/29/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum mygoodness.

I hope you will listen to Kitt and see a cardiologist.

In addition to the things she mentioned you can look into food intolerances. That's what triggers my heart arrhythmia, also my reflux. Also, one can trigger the other. Heart can trigger esophagus and stomach, and stomach and esophagus can trigger the heart. I've even had an abscess in my appendix trigger my heart.

Keeping a food journal will tell you if your trigger is food-related. Write down everything you eat or drink, all meds, vitamins, everything! I prefer to use a small notebook or a daily calendar. Then write down your symptoms. If you get a list of foods that trigger the flutters, come back to the forum and look up posts on challenge testing - to find the ingredients in the foods that are the triggers. You can do some great searches in the search box at the top of the page.

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   Posted 10/30/2011 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the fluttering/breathing problems/chest pressure both before and after NF.

I've had all the tests to rule out all the above mentioned heart concerns and I have none of them.

The Vagus nerve is sometimes the culprit when the contents of the esophagus cause it to swell or enlarge and to impact the Vagus nerve which is in such close proximity to the heart.

Many things can negatively impact the Vagus nerve including surgery and trauma.

I'm at the point where I can fairly well say that my problems both before and after NF for GERD began with emergency gall bladder surgery many years ago.

As the GERD worsened so did the issues with the Vagus nerve. My surgeon has suggested it and I see my GI on 11-14-11 to discuss it with him.

It's natural to blame whatever comes to mind for what feels like palpitations. We purchased a pulse/ox after all those unnecessary heart tests and I can now confirm that when I feel as if I'm having palpitations and/or strange heart rhythms my heart is actually beating fine. Even when it feels as if it is beating too fast, it is not and previously I would have sworn it was. Also haltar monitors confirmed it.

They are worrisome for sure but many times they mean nothing at all.
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   Posted 11/1/2011 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your help :)

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   Posted 11/1/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I too have terrible Reflux and get the fluttering. I went to see a cardiologist had a haltor Monitor, EKG, Echocardiogram and stress test. He said my fluttering was not dangerous and he said that a lot of time reflux causes this problem. He felt if I could eliminate that acid would decrease it.

I also noticed that the fluttering gets worse after dinner ( that being my largest meal) but when I get out of my chair and walk around it gets better. I dont know why but I feel its related to my acid reflux. There are medications for the fluttering, but if its gerd then why should I start heart medication? I will wait to see what happens after surgery if it continues.

Meanwhile you should always check with your doctor or better yet see a cardiologist if only for peace of mind.

I am scheduled for a TIF procedure January 17, 2012 ( esophyx) to get rid of my reflux.
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