Yes, absolutely, digestive issues can trigger heart palpitations or esophogeal spasms that feel like heart issues. I have dealt with this issue several times: GERD leads to esophogeal burning or ulcer, the Vagus nerve becomes hypersensitive, and then when triggered by stomach pain or abdominal bloating, will cause sudden Bradycardia, (slow heartrate) feelings of "spasm", palpitations, skipped beats, flip-flops; it can be really scary: I am convinced I will die any second, and it can go on for hours. I had my heart checked out and it was perfectly healthy, but the Dr. agreed it was probably a "vasovagal attack".
I am now on Prilosec, which has stopped the attacks for now. But I can't eat anything other than ensure. If I eat even a few spoonfulls of soup, I get more and more bloated...like nothing is moving. Liquid is OK.
Hi there - I get heart flutters when I have gas or esophgeal spasms from trapped gas. Sometimes think my heart is going to jump right out of my chest. I just have to stay calm and wait for the "spasm" to pass.
I have similar things going on, but w/no cause or cure......Has anyone ever had their dr to tell them WHAT causes the spasms, the gerd, the excess (or lack of) acid? I have read quite a bit and read that lack of magnesium could cause the spasms??? But I haven't tried supplementing w/magnesium and calcium yet.
To me, there is a CAUSE, but why can't the drs give you a reason??? For example, cramps in the legs sometimes is caused by a potassium defenciency. If you don't eat a really healthy diet, some people can be sensitive to the lack of potassium. Sufficient levels of Vitamin C can help somewhat with inflammation, etc. etc.
I understand some illnesses are related to genetic factors. Most drs only "treat" the symptoms. Has anyone had a dr to give them a "reason" for gerd? I would be curious to know. Also is anyone familar w/the alkaline diet vs acid?
i've seen numerous gastroenterologists and cardiologists - and yes - the Vagus nerve becomes sensitive to acid indigestion and skips a beat or flutters. it happens to me ALOT and is really scary, but i've been assured by so many doctors that it is normal. just to feel safe, go to a cardiologist and have them do an 'echocardiogram' which is a sonogram of the heart, and an EKG. if those are good, then controlling the stomach acid with nexium or prilosec should help. oh - and a great quick fix is a really strong mint or piece of peppermint gum - has to be the strong stuff, like dentyne ice (the stuff that tastes like mouthwash!)
Since my last post I have some answers (at least in my case). For a while, I experienced "skipped heartbeats" especially after eating. Since then, the dr prescribed Nexium for my heartburn, burning stomach, so I was a little (lot) surprised when my "skipped heartbeats" stopped being a problem. Evidently the Nexium took care of the acid (which was causing my skipped heartbeats??) I wouldn't have believed it, had I not experienced that first hand. But I would advise anyone who has heart fluttering or skips to see their dr.
I had a big heart palpitation in March and I thought I was about to die there and then, I've since realised it wasn't a heart palpitation...read on. Since then I've had trouble with digestion due to worry and IBS (I think its IBS). I've seen the heart specialist and all is fine with the heart its strong as anything as I'm a very keen cyclist. I'm still having big trouble with these horrible flutters which leave me a shaking wreck, its a horrible feeling and you think your going to die. I have pain in my stomach on the left just under the rib cage and I've had constipation i.e. pellet stools all the time. I go to have a Gastroscopy Tuesday and a Nuclear meal on Friday followed by a Colonoscopy 10th July so I'll tell you what the find. Hopefully its all stomach related i.e. acid reflux, gas (had lots of that).
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hello. how about heart fluttering, cramps in stomach and lower left ribs and chest and unable to breathe correctly? i have been doing some reasearch and think it is connected with splenic flexure syndrome. this is when gas get trapped in the bend of the colon below your left ribs. with me it can last for 2 to 3 hours and then i am sore the next day. i never know what is going to set it off. it is associated with ibs. i also have gerd. jeeze, i am so glad to have found others with the same/similar symptoms. now we need to find how to fix it. some have said that enteric coated peppermint pills may relieve the gas. i drink mylanta and take my zantec and warm "sleepy time tea" with chamomile. any thoughts? and thank you all.
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