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Old 03-02-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy Esophageal spasms or Heart arrhythmia???

I am 40 years old and have been taking TUMS for years maybe 2 or 3 a day for heartburn. I also have anxiety disorder and do get PVC's and rapid heart rates. Cardio has checked everything out and all looks normal. Once in a while our of the blue I get what feels like a large spasm in my chest then rapid heart rate then flutters or flip-flops in what I think is my heart and it send me into a huge panic. Last about 10-15 minutes.

My question is can Esophageal spasms mimic or feel JUST LIKE Heart arrhythmias? In other words these things I feel are a little bit to the left of the chest center. Can that be just Esophageal spasms due to heartburn for so many years uintreated??? Has anyone experienced this as well just to find out it WAS NOT THE heart?

Please help because my life has become a prison cell due to this and I am constantly going from Cardio to Cardio...

Thanks so much in advance for any help!!!!!

 
Old 03-02-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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Re: Esophageal spasms or Heart arrhythmia???

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I am 40 years old and have been taking TUMS for years maybe 2 or 3 a day for heartburn. I also have anxiety disorder and do get PVC's and rapid heart rates. Cardio has checked everything out and all looks normal. Once in a while our of the blue I get what feels like a large spasm in my chest then rapid heart rate then flutters or flip-flops in what I think is my heart and it send me into a huge panic. Last about 10-15 minutes.

My question is can Esophageal spasms mimic or feel JUST LIKE Heart arrhythmias? In other words these things I feel are a little bit to the left of the chest center. Can that be just Esophageal spasms due to heartburn for so many years uintreated??? Has anyone experienced this as well just to find out it WAS NOT THE heart?

Please help because my life has become a prison cell due to this and I am constantly going from Cardio to Cardio...

Thanks so much in advance for any help!!!!!
Have you gotten cleared to do exercise? If so, do you get these pains when exerting yourself or running? I know a lot of people get these heart "arrythmias" related to reflux because of the nerve being irritated. its not uncommon. I would think if you really have to been to Cardio doctors then it isnt your heart.

 
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:04 PM   #3
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Re: Esophageal spasms or Heart arrhythmia???

My cardio said I should exercise like walking - also mentioned nothing wrong with my heart BUT I do understand that there are 2 seperate entities here- the heart muscle and the electrical symptoms. I beleive my heart muscle is fine, but it seems electrically it's messup up sometimes. I have an appt with a gastro for next week I will ask him directly if these attacks could be spasms??

Thanks for the reply!!!

 
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