GERD and scary heart palpitations?

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   Posted 3/30/2006 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys I usually post on the Lyme board. I got Lyme about a year ago, and recently developed GERD symptoms because of it or the meds that I've been on. Something I've noticed is that after I eat when I start getting pressure in my chest, lots of air in my throat and what not, and heart palpitations. The heart palpitations are scary! How can my stomach cause heart palpitations? I've been seeing a cardiologist; because the Lyme messed up my heart earlier on, and everything checks out besides a heart murmur. Does anyone have any insights or ideas? Oh yea, I'm 22 by the way.


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   Posted 3/30/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chris,
I get freguent premature heart beats commonly called PAC's or PVC's depending upon whethter they originate in the upper or lower chamber. They are benign palpitations but bothersome and can be pretty scary. Lots of people with these notice that they'll start up after eating a big meal or getting heartburn. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the vagus nerve. It gets iritated and in turn triggers the heart to throw out a few extra beats. Ask your cardiologist about them. He/She no doubt is quite familiar with them and can give you some insight.

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   Posted 3/31/2006 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you're right about the palpitations not being serious; sometimes I fear I'm gonna die young. Is it possible that I could have a hiatal hernia? I had an endoscopy of my stomach; would that have picked it up if I had one?


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   Posted 4/1/2006 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
Be sure to look at some of the older posts here. We've talked about this a couple times. Palpitations are VERY scary......even after the doc tells you they are perfectly harmless. I'm glad you've seen a doctor. I think your murmur might cause some of them too.
I get them off and on.....but they definitely seem to come when I also am bloated. I always start burping alot with them too. I think for some of us, our hearts are very sensitive to being pushed on by our bloated stomachs, and our hearts push back! I too have gotten alot of palpitations when my GERD has flared up.
I take extra magnesium for my palpitations, and it does seem to help.
I have felt like I was going to die so many times in my life........but I'm 56, far, so good! :)
Lyme is an awful thing. And I can tell you for sure that your antibiotics have no doubt done a number on your esophogus and your whole GI tract. Be sure to take probiotics and eat yogurt, to help get your good intestinal flora back. And try to cut back on alot of carbs and sugar. Good luck to you Chris.

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   Posted 4/3/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have a murmur until I had Lymes; and it isn't there all the time. It's been called a flow murmur? Also, now when after I eat my heart rate shoots up sometimes, and I have a strong pulse; like I can feel my pulse in my finger tips and everywhere; I can even see my heart moving my stomach and look in a mirror and see my pulse in my neck. What the heck is going on?

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   Posted 9/25/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I found taking gaviscon extra strength helps every time. I dont take recomm. amount, I jug a mouthfull then drink some water.shortly you will begin to burp and relieve pressure.My symptoms always go away after that. I too notice my stomache, right where the breastbone splits, buldges out,thats when the symptoms come on.My pulse raises, my heart skips beats,It's very scary.For me caffiene and sauce bring it on. I hope this helps.

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   Posted 4/30/2010 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Yea i have the same thing and it does scare ya . Iam an ex powerlifter and i started getting these double beats about 5 yrs ago . Ive had alot of test and they all come back that i have a good heart just likes to double beat from time to time . Alot of times right after i eat ill notice it and i feel it alot in my neck when i get it . Doc told me to stay away from caffiene but i notice it more when i have greasey food .
Edit:  You have pulled up an old thread that is 3 years old.
You may want to start a thread of your own if you are having issues that we can help you with.
I thank you in advance for your understanding.

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   Posted 5/3/2010 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there i too have heart palpataions, got checked out yup got told i have heart murmour too, she said only a very slight one,, they refered me to cardiologist, i have had a echo scan of the heart and a 24 hour monitor and an ecg, all of which was fine,, he told me the heart murmour wouldnt cause me problems at all as its a very slight one they could hardly hear it,, and told me to avoid caffeine so now i have decaff tea or coffee and no coca cola, sometime when we are just sat still doing nothing then one happens for no reason,,, i got told not to worry about them and get on with my life,, i know there annoying VERY ,,, hope this helps x
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   Posted 5/3/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
The heart "palpitations" may not be so benign as your cardiologist would think. I got them for years, starting in my 30s and eventually they led to a heart attack.

I would get a bubble of gas, I thought, caught in my stomach, and then the palps would start. Eventually I recognized them as tachycardia. I could get them stopped if I could get a burp up. It was a form of "valsalva maneuver" I know now. This went on for 20 years. I went through extensive testing and was pronounced "normal" for everything. I even had stress testing. A few months after that test i had the heart attack.

After that event I started keeping a food log because I noticed that my symptoms seemed to follow specific meals - like cereal for breakfast. I figured out that it might be an allergy and went to an allergist who told me to take my food list and to "challenge testing." After I got my list narrowed down (it wasn't the waffle, it was the maple sryup), I searched the internet for a connection and found my list on the sulfite allergy pages.

I don't get reflux symptoms or tachycardia as long as I steer clear of my food triggers.

I have since read a number of articles on cardioesophageal reflex, linked angina, and a new one that describes how esophageal spasms can trigger cardiac vasospasm leading to plaque rupture and heart attack.

My cardiologist believes me now, but my gastro doc doesn't. I'm no doctor, just a mom.

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   Posted 6/9/2012 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had palpitations for 40 years in the past week they have gone from a few a day to 50 times a minute, as they increased I went back to Cardio Doc and that was before they had increased to daily and he said in 09 you had a halter monitor and it was showed palpitations but not dangerous yes but that was 3 years ago and I am now 60...I get them more when I  lie down, whats that about.

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   Posted 6/10/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  First of all you may not have noticed that you posted to a thread that is several years old.  It is always a good idea to take the time to introduce yourself in a new thread before you begin responding to the topics already in progress.

This is done by clicking on the 'new topic' button which will open a new thread for you to post your introduction. This will help members see your first post. It is best to start your own 1st thread rather than attach it to an old thread that way you will get more responses.
You did not post that you have GERD but are asking about heart palps which makes me wonder if you would find the answers you are looking for in the Heart Forum:
Please feel comfortable in reposting a new thread in the Heart/Cardiovascular Forum.

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