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Are Your Heart Palpitations and Stomach Bloating Connected?

Deb Maselli is the founder of The Sad Stomach as well as the author of two books on digestive health, both available on Amazon.

The vagus nerve touches many organs in the body, including the heart and the stomach.

The vagus nerve touches many organs in the body, including the heart and the stomach.

Stomach Bloating, Heart Palpitations

Does this describe you? You have visited various medical professionals for your heart palpitations and stomach bloating and received a clean bill of health. While you should be delighted that you don't have a disease, you still have the problems you came in with. Your stomach still bloats, and as if that weren't enough, your heart starts pounding as soon as it begins. You sometimes feel lightheaded. What is going on?

Please note that any unexplained stomach bloating should be evaluated by a medical professional to rule out serious diseases such as ovarian cancer.

How are stomach bloating, heart palpitations and the vagus nerve connected? To know the answer to this, we need to look closer at the vagus nerve.

What Is the Vagus Nerve?

Sometimes called "the wandering nerve," the vagus is a long cranial nerve that goes from the brain through the throat and into the abdomen, touching many important organs along the way (like the heart), and sending signals from the body to the brain.1 It is known as a "mixed" nerve, meaning it contains both sensory and motor fibers and transmits information from the brain to the body and vice versa.

The vagus nerve plays an important role in a wide variety of unconscious body processes, like regulating the heart rate and digestion. Modern biology has linked problems with the vagus nerve to many different kinds of disorders, from depression to digestion issues.2

The Irritated Vagus Nerve: How the Heart and the Stomach Are Connected

Heart palpitations have been tied to digestive disorders like IBS as well as simple cases of indigestion.3, 4. Since the vagus nerve is connected both with the digestive system and heart regulation, it is possible that excessive gas and bloating, as well as an increased heart rate, may both be affected by, or connected by, the vagus nerve. Some have termed this "vagus nerve irritation," though it is not entirely clear what causes this set of reactions — be it nerve irritation or some other signal the nerve is interpreting.

Do you notice you tend to bloat in the afternoon? Do you notice that symptoms subside when you burp? Is it worse in stressful situations or when you're sleep-deprived? If so, your digestive system may be what's causing your heart to flutter.

Home Remedies for Digestive Problem-Induced Heart Palpitations

The goal of all of these is to improve your digestive health and reduce bloating and inflammation, which hopefully will also improve your heart palpitations or racing heart. Everyone's body is different, so you may need to try a few different strategies to find the one that works for you. Always ask your doctor before taking any new supplement or making radical changes to your diet.

  • Ginger capsules: Ginger has been used for thousands of years to treat disorders relating to digestion, especially nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhea.5 Though not well studied, 550 milligrams of ginger root taken three times a day with meals may calm your bloating. If the vagus nerve itself has become inflamed, ginger may help since it has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Burping: Reducing the swelling of the abdomen may provide some comfort. Over-the-counter products like Simethicone will break up gas bubbles and prompt burping them out. This is a handy short-term fix.
  • Change positions: Take the pressure off your stomach by shifting your position or walking around and bending if possible. Trapped gas can escape if you move around. Again, experiment. You will find the positions that work best for you.
  • Deep breathing: Depression and anxiety can be associated with a vagus nerve disorder,6 so try to relax (easier said than done, I'm well aware). Try deep breathing or meditation.
  • Diet: This is a big one: very effective but hard to gauge. The bloating that likely caused the irritation in the first place could be caused by food sensitivity. Removing the offender could resolve the problem entirely. Common digestive irritants are gluten and dairy. Eating habits like gulping your food or overeating can also cause gas.7
  • Chew your food: Chewing food thoroughly releases enzymes in saliva that will travel with the food into the digestive system, assisting with its breakdown. Food arriving with insufficient enzymes will not be properly digested, resulting in bloating.7
  • Digestive enzymes: As you age, enzyme production decreases. If your enzyme levels are too low, supplementation will assist the digestive process. If that is the cause of the problem, taking an enzyme supplement will make it immediately apparent.8
  • Probiotics: Support your digestion by taking probiotic supplements daily. You can also replenish your gut flora with a diet rich in cultured and fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kombucha. If you are lactose intolerant, try kefir.7
  • Keep your bowels moving: If you tend toward constipation, taking a high-quality magnesium supplement can help. It is important that you spend some money on this one and not buy the cheapest brand in the grocery store. There are many different types of magnesium, and some are more bio-available than others. Here's a link that explains the differences. I use Triple Mag 250. Also, eat plenty of fiber and drink a lot of water throughout the day.9

Wishing You Good Health

Scientists are still trying to understand exactly how the vagus nerve affects our health — it's possible that you're experiencing something that has yet to be understood or explained fully. Research into the vagus nerve and its effects on our day-to-day life and the potential to use it has just begun.

That said, hopefully, this has helped you understand a little bit more about what's happening in your body. Always remember that any ongoing medical condition should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Best of health to you!


  1. Tewfik, Ted L. "Vagus Nerve Anatomy." August 17, 2015. Medscape. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  2. "The Importance of the Vagus Nerve for Health and Weight Loss." (n.d.) Paleo Leap. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  3. "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — Symptoms." (n.d.) WebMD. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  4. "Heart Palpitations." (n.d.) Kaiser Permanente. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  5. Ehrlich, Steven D, NMD. "Ginger." June 22, 2015. University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  6. O'Reardon, John P, MD. "Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and Treatment of Depression: To the Brainstem and Beyond." May 2016. Psychiatry (Edgmont). Accessed August 17, 2017.
  7. Zelman, Kathleen M, MPH, RD, LD. "10 Flat Belly Tips." 2017. WebMD. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  8. Laugier R, Bernard J, Berthezene P, Dupuy P. "Changes in pancreatic exocrine secretion with age: pancreatic exocrine secretion does decrease in the elderly." 1991. Digestion. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  9. Marcin, Ashley. Medically reviewed by Alan Carter, PharmD. How to Use Magnesium Citrate for Constipation. April 7, 2016. Healthline. Accessed August 17, 2017.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Deb Maselli


Rich L on June 18, 2019:

Hi Debs and all. I can see that things have gone a little quiet on the site, but i hope what i am going to post now finds an audience and helps some fellow sufferers.

What has cured this for me is the anti-candida diet. Candida albicans, the yeast that causes thrush, exists in our bodies naturally. Where it causes a problem is when there is an overgrowth. Many professionals in Mainstream medicine do not believe in digestive system overgrowth of candida. I understand this, as there is scepticism about the scientific validity of many of the studies surrounding candida, all i can say is that by following the diet, a small adaptation to the FODMAP diet, my stomach bloating and palpitations are a thing of the past.

There are many good sites that explain the diet fully, so i won't explain it here, but the key is to cut out sugars and carbs, the food for candida, and to use some anti-fungal foods such as apple cider vinegar, garlic and olive oil and guess what? Ginger! High fibre foods and supplements such as psyllium (you were right again Debs) also help.

As the candida dies off, so the bloating subsides, as does the pressure on the vagus nerve and thus the palps and other associated symptoms (for me the neck and diaphragm pain).

You need to run with the diet for a few months before gradually reintroducing foods.

I cannot begin to tell you how much this has transformed my health. I have started to function normally during the day, am able to work without feeling exhausted, there is no more brain fog and i have started to excercise again.

I really hope this helps at least one other fellow Roemhelds sufferer in the way it has helped me.

All the very best people. This can be beaten.

chayenne1219 on March 26, 2018:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU....IM NOT CRAZY!!! This has been happening for a few months now..but I also suffer from Hashimotos disease and need to adjust meds due to numbers constantly of today I am hyper not hypo which will add to the palpitations, which Ive had for years after dealing with many emotional and stressful situations that have finally resolved themselves but still am symptomatic to this and now know the truth...

Rich L on March 19, 2018:

Hi, Debs,it's been a while since I last gave an update. I'm now 18 months in to these symptoms and by switching to a FODMAP diet with additional Ginger and magnesium supplements I've largely been able to bring the bloating and stomach issues under control, However I do still have some issues plus the odd palpitation and even more infrequently a full event, where I get the chest pulse followed by the heart racing. Needless to say this leaves me feeling pretty lousy for a couple of days.

Following the last attack, I decided to look further into the associated neck and shoulder pain that i experience. I have underlying stiffness / pain in these areas all of the time and it increases during an attack. I have always believed that this is linked through the vagus nerve. What I have been uncertain of is whether the neck issues cause the stomach problems and heart palpitations, or whether the stomach problems create the neck pain.

I gained some insight into this when during my last attack I lay on my bed with my head and neck hanging over the edge. The symptoms immediately improved and after 30 seconds or so completely subsided. I went back and listened to the Roemheld syndrome podcast, during which the host talks about having a similar experience and going on to purchase an inversion table. I've not got the room for one of these, but this insight has led me to dig deeper. A few internet searches later and I wound up on YouTube looking into "Nerd Neck". This is basically poor posture, which is exacerbated by modern living, and in particular use of smartphones and laptops. I, as I am sure are many of our fellow symptom sufferers, am on mine for a large part of the day, both for work and leisure.

A guy named Dr. Mandell explains the symptoms and effects pretty well in one of his videos. Poor posture leading to pressure on the discs in the thoracic vertebrae, which in turn puts pressure on the nerves and surrounding tissues. He has some great videos on the subject of Nerd Neck and shoulder alignment and has some good tips on corrective exercises and stretches. There are many other videos covering the subject too. Some mention the effect on the parasympathetic nerves including the vagus nerve.

I've been using a few of the recommended exercises for five days now and the difference is amazing. My stomach is far more settled, I am able to breathe more easily and more deeply. All of the symptoms have improved. I guess this all makes sense as what we know with Roemheld is that it is activation of the vagus nerve. It seems reasonable to me that at whichever point the nerve is irritated (the cause) we can expect the effects to be the same. That is palpitations, stomach problems, effect on the voice, shoulder / neck pain, shortness of breath etc...

I'll give another update soon, but for those of you struggling as I have been with neck and shoulder issues, I'd recommend looking into Nerd Neck, like me you may just find that it helps out.

linda on October 29, 2017:

prilosec after long use will cause kidney damage! be careful what you put in your body! i too have palps and stomach bloat! heart dr says im great. going to have a ultrasound on my tummy soon. drs probaly know whats wrong, but they cant make any money off you if they told you the real cure! they want you to come back several times! its all about the money and not the sick people!

Ossie on October 19, 2017:

WOW thank you for this article. I have checked my palpitations at the cardiologist and doctors but im all healthy. every time I get them I burp straight after. I went to my natural path and he said he told me that it was stomach related but I was sceptical. thanks for the article.

Sandra on September 08, 2017:

Thank you so much for this article. It describes my problem. I will try ginger and enzymes. All my heart and stomach test were negative.

Ray Rad on July 12, 2017:

Hi Deb. Thank you for your comments and creation of this blog which is very interesting for people like me.

I am 50 years old and have suffered from Ulceritive Colitis (14 years), GERD (8 year more or less), and sliding Hiatus Hernia (since 3 years ago). I have been on Pantoprazole for 6 years. Every 3 years I do a thorough examination of my stomach and colon by endoscopy and colonoscopy. I smoke and drink about 4 half a liters cans of beer every Friday and Saturday. Up until 3 months ago I had almost no problems in the sense that everything seemed to be under control. I started going to gym and do some light exercise. So 3 months ago on a Saturday the day after I had been drinking, I felt that my heart is beating very fast and irregularly.

The sensation is like this: First I feel like some kind of air (Its not actually air) coming up from my belly towards my throat, then the palpitation starts. It goes in intervals of let’s say 8 seconds of rapid and irregular heart bit, then 5 seconds of normal heart bit and so again with 8 seconds of palpitation. Also when the palpitation is on, I get lightheaded. This happened to me for 2 weekends, and then I did my routine examination which was due then. My specialist GI doctor told me that I have to stop Pantoprazole since that has given me 2 very small polyps in my stomach so he prescribed Ranitidine for me. I did a complete blood test and several heart checkups with ECHO and stress test. Everything was fine with my heart. The only concern was that my D vitamin levels was low (D vitamin inefficiency), which I believe was due to consuming Pantoprazole.

Later on I took my doctor’s advice and started with Ranitidine. Actually my doctor prescribed Famotidine for me but the pharmacist said that ranitidine is the same. It is difficult to find Famotidine where I live and Ranttidine is cheaper. Basically now every weekend when I drink alcoholic beverages I get palpitations the day after. The episode can last between 1 to 3 hours. The palpitations used to come when I did a physical activity such as going up the stairs in my house or doing gardening in my back yard the day after I had been drinking. I thought that may be due to Pantoprazole side effects at first. But recently during the past weekend, my palpitation started right after I had my 3 half a liter glass of beer on Friday evening, and on Saturday I just had one half a glass of vodka mixed with coke, then I got palpitations which lasted for about 2 hours. I am very concerned because of 2 reasons. Firstly because this is scary as I am 50 years old and things may get worse with my aging. Secondly, just the thought of not being able to drink anymore is really bothering me, as I love my weekend beers.

I believe the nerve that you have talked about here is the cause of my palpitations, and some how this nerve got out of balance! But what I have figured out is that my palpitations are related to my stomach somehow, because I used to get them when I bend over to pick up something for example, and I suspect that the gas in my stomach due to acid moves when I do physical moves. I have been reading about GERD on the internet and know that alcohol creates gas. Then again I know that if I eat food containing tomato paste, then I get severe heart burn. Perhaps my palpitations last weekend at the same time that I was drinking was due to this since my lunch was a type of food made with tomato paste both days.

So can someone develop these palpitations with alcohol out of the blue at the age of 50? I still do light exercise these days and have no problems. Basically my palpitations come with alcoholic beverages. I have stopped eating sweets and red in some articles about “Centarium drops” so I have been taking Centaurium drops for the past 7 days and feel less acid and heart burn. I can say 20% improvement. I make my own Ginger tea with fresh ginger and hot water. I have also stopped regular tea and coffee. Do you have any suggestions for me on what I should do? Should I stop drinking completely? I know that smoke is bad for me so no doubt about that.

Fulvia Prundeanu on July 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the info. I had this for years and no doctor was able to explain it to me. It helps to know what I really have.

Malcolm on June 11, 2017:

When I was 56 I ended up in an emergency ward with atrial fibulation and flutter. I have always been very fit and had no heart problems.

I had episodes of aff over the next 9 years until I discovered this article.

I have had bloating problems since I experienced these aff episodes. I solved the bloating problem by eliminating nuts from my diet. I have eaten a large quantity of nuts each day for the past 30 years. By doing this I have not had one heart flutter in 18 months.

I discovered that I had a hiatial hernia about 2 years ago and I have been taking 20 mg of Somac each day. This did not stop the episodes of aff.

My cardio was of no help in solving my problem. Sometimes you have to investigate your own health pathway. I would think that solving my stomach bloating and being treated for my hiatial hernia has solved my problem.

I am now back to a high exercise regime and my quality of life is fantastic. 18 months without a heart flutter!!!

Debrah on June 10, 2017:

This is happening to me too!

My heart is forever racing and I belch a lot. I have problems with digestion because my stomach has been bloated for the past freeking out only because all these symptoms are similar to pregnancy. I had intercouse Two months ago but I got my periods even though they were both two days late, I even had several pregnancy tests and they were all negative... but I just don't feel normal. after reading this I feel less paranoid because I can't afford to be pregnant. But can spicy food trigger it even more? and should I still be concerned that it may be pregnancy?

Noelia Lorenzo on April 02, 2017:

This article is so right on, thanks Deb for writing it. I wish so many people who are scared they might be having a heart condition read and understood this info. I keep seeing people with some digestive symptoms go to the doctor scared, been told they are perfectly healthy , its insane.


StomatchPalpitationAndIncreaseInHeartBeat on March 30, 2017:

I experience palpitation in stomach, followed by increase in heart beats every now and then. Often after meals. I found out the cure after 3 months, surprisingly simple!

When you wake up in the morning, before coming out of bed, take your fingers and try to locate the palpitation on the stomach area where you usually feel it by pressing your fingers little deep. Once you locate it, firmly pressing the fingers, slowly move that palpitation over the navel and keep your fingers pressed there for couple of minutes. Then slowly get up and start your day!

Keep doing this for few days and everything will be all set!

Do not lift heavy weights!

Deb on March 07, 2017:

Hope - yes I do think it could be triggered by the stress of pregnancy. I think high stress of any kind can bring it on, which is probably why so many doctors associate it with anxiety

Hope on March 01, 2017:

Oh my goodness this is me!!!!! I have been dealing with all of these symptoms on and off since my daughter was born. It's as if something happened after I gave birth, 7 years ago by the way. Had all tests done, cardiologist, MRIs, bloodwork. No one could figure it out. I am so unbelievably happy that I am not alone and that I am not crazy, which is how I feel. My symptoms are palpations, bloated, gas, acid taste in mouth, lightheaded, tingly/electric feeling at all times, worse when I am leaning on the sink doing dishes, or pants are right around waste. The doctors just couldn't figure it out and I felt so hopeless like this is how it will be for the rest of my life. I can not wait to start the ginger and If I need to, enzymes and magnesium and I pray it works. THANK YOU FOR WRITING ABOUT THIS! My question is, do you think the labor and delivery could have started all of this?

Flora Chigozie on February 25, 2017:

I am 32 years.My symptoms are mild bloating, rumbling noise in my stomach, belching, flatus, palpitations, light headedness and weakness. Initially, the light headed and palpitations weren't there. The palpitation is as if it is beating in the epigastric region of my stomach. It makes me very nervous and it also shoots up my blood pressure.When i eat, d feelings reduce until after some hours. I feel it more in d afternoon. I tried eating raw ginger 3 times a day and it was very helpful until I started having chest and epigastric pain. I was advised to stop eating d ginger bcos it is not good for people with ulcer symptoms since it is acidic. My doctor placed me on t ripple therapy and I felt better. After I stopped d medications d symptoms started again. I keep hearing it is anxiety dat is giving me d symptoms i'm having but i know it is d other way round.

Akshay on February 09, 2017:

hello thankyo for your post i am 27 year boy and facing this problem since i was 23 and i have visited so many clinics and got the result as nothing serious i am facing the problem of heart pulpitation as well as gas bloating in my stomach this is the problem of vaata dosh. acording to ayurveda vaata dosha create this symptoms you should read about the vaata dosha as well. I am looking for some ayurveda treatment such as panchkarma or yoga or some ayurvedic medicine which can help me to come come out of this

Noella on February 07, 2017:

I have afib and take tambocore and minex. However I still have pvcs, palpitations etc. at these times I often have a extended stomach, tight and sometimes it rumbles. I feel very anxious. Each time I request advice I am told there is no association or that the stomach is part of the afib. Recently I had surgery on a muscle and the whole system has again failed . Any advice.

Liu yz on January 31, 2017:

I have this problem, many tests and medicine have been tied, but it's still there. Recently I find the herb medicine called" fu fang danshen di wan" is very effective.

Buzahra on January 30, 2017:

OMG.these symptoms i have it more than 20 years ago palpitation ,breath difficulty and anxiety after eating especially at morning . i did all tests about gastric function and bowel all normal and some doctor gave me anti anxiety or depression med but nothing changed at all also these symptoms sometime cause to me panic attack only after having food some of doctor told me maybe i have IBS but does irritable bowel causing palpitation or anxiety after food?

dee on January 28, 2017:

Roemheld Syndrome is another sydrome where bloating and heart are linked, explained a lot for me:

Jennyfwr on January 25, 2017:

Hi, Just wanted to reiterate what others have said, that what a comfort it was to find this site.

I have been suffering the gas, heart palpitations and light headiness for 6 years now.

At first I thought I had something terrible wrong with me, but then docs gave me the all clear, but the symptoms didn't go away. I still worried, but then you begin to try and work it out yourself.

What you write makes complete sense, how come the doctors don't know this, don't they study for years?

I realised the connection when I noted that burping relieved the palpitations and the light headiness ....doing what I can to help myself now, especially since I am not so alarmed by it any more.

Thanks for your article and best of luck to everyone, when we all thought we were going mad...and we're not!

Deb on January 12, 2017:

Natalie - get cleared by a doctor and then experiment. Start with ginger and digestive enzymes at every meal. My book, Beat the Bloat, talks about doing a reset. I am sure they're are other books as well.

Natalie on January 12, 2017:

I seriously nearly cried with excitement when I come across this page!

So happy I'm not going crazy and as awful as it sounds there are others out there like me!

I used to suffer here and there with palpitations after my first born in 2002. Since then things got a little worse. So I started realising dairy, caffeine and chocolate were a problem so stopped them. And things went away and I was able to eat pretty much everything except dairy.

But last year things got a whole lot worse.

I'm trying to pinpoint when but I'm pretty sure it was after having a bad tooth on my jaw line and needed a high dose of antibiotics plus ending up having the tooth out I then had an adrenaline injection.. my god it was awful! And ever since my stomach with gas, bloating and palpations have been bad.

Then just before our family holiday in August last year me and the kids were rushing about walking fast to a late hair appointment and once inside my heart was still pounding 10 minutes after. I got up to speak to my son and felt a usual palpitation coming on so done what I usually done and held my breath.. bad move! I nearly fainted! I felt dreadful for the rest of the day and had to lay down. While on holiday in Rhodes I then ate a burger and it made me so sick. That along with intense heat I stayed in the hotel room miserable for the last week and have been the same ever since. I have bad Indigestion, heavy chest and stomach feeling, lightheaded, skipped heartbeats daily etc.. every time I eat. Especially sugar! It makes me feel terrible and never ever used to! It's getting me down so much.

I don't know weather to try mag, ginger, probiotics or what? I get a little heartburn and burping so would ginger cause a problem?

I have told so many doctors I need to repair my gut and I know it!.. but they take no notice and apparently I have anxiety/depression.. not the case at all!

When I have a headache, palaptations, lethargic I am always bloated so it's definitely connected. Even slightly bloated and I have triggers. My monthly cycle is million times worse than what that was too. I'm only 36 and can't even exercise as that brings on palps too.

Hope someone can shed some Light on what to take x

Beverly on December 31, 2016:


My dad for about 4 years now has had a bloating stomach, gas, tightness in chest (most recently), some neck pain, lightheaded at times, and sometimes weakness that almost causes him to pass out. He's seen doctors, GI's , had a load of tests done... And nothing. Said he's full of poop (literally), and told him to eat more fibre. He's actually pretty healthy and not over weight.

He doesn't usually get the heart palpitations with it but we are so tired of the docs telling us what it isn't... We want to know how to fix it. The poor man is to the point of just dealing with it, and not going to the doc anymore.

So you think ginger, and enzymes would help him even though he's not experiencing the palps?

Concerned daughter!

Winnie cooper on December 15, 2016:

NIKKI, I have the same exact symptoms, the pain under ribs, stomach problems, heart racing, heat sensation. After trying sooooo many things this is what really helped. D-limonene(incredible)! Did the most for me! (Zhu fu zhu yu wan) I know weird !easy enough though ,to get on line, helps with removal of stagnation in liver and bile staying in stomach moves it along and Dr. axe's leaky gut repair probiotics! These three things especially d limonene has helped ,where all else has failed! Hope this helps ,also watch acidic foods and boxed snacks sugar, eat lite, get rid of bad bacteria overgrowth with antifungal!

Deb on December 14, 2016:

No surgery that I am aware of, other than maybe fecal transplant. I would call it a condition rather than a disease though everyone should always confirm with a doctor that it is not a symptom of an underlying disease.

Desmond on December 14, 2016:

is there any surgery can be done, to get rid of this ailment,. Or is it a chronic disease.

Deb Maselli on December 10, 2016:

Nikki - try enzymes too. They can be very helpful

Nikki on December 10, 2016:

Thank you for this article! I have been dealing with this issue for years now. I am gluten and dairy intolerant and do my best in staying away from both. On the occasion I don't, (especially during the holidays) I tend to get bad flare ups like the one I am currently having. I have been to the ER multiple times and have also seen a Gastroenterologist. I was diagnosed with the intolerances, IBS and acid reflux. I also have dealt with anxiety and know that I hold my stress in my stomach. I am a believer in the holistic approach and take probiotics, enzymes, drink kombucha and green tea, take a plant based Magnesium similar to Calm and have also been taking Glutathione. Turmeric has also seemed to give me good relief. Like you said, it's all about playing around and finding the things that work best! This current flare up now has me seeking additional help. It is scary, regardless of the fact that doctors have told me my heart is totally healthy. When I have palpitations I pay attention to my stomach and every time it is bothering me. It is also extremely painful when you push on my stomach just below my rib cage - this to me is a definite indicator of inflammation. Excercising also becomes difficult as it seems to make the flare up worse. I will definitely try some ginger today! While I am exhausted by this, especially because I eat very well, am in my early 30's and sincerely miss eating a donut every once in a while, I still have hope and will keep trying!

erinedlin on December 02, 2016:

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share some of my experience with you but first and foremost thank every single one of you for your comments. Like most of you I have been dealing with this issue for going on 7 years now. It comes and goes but lately just comes. I understand your feelings of fear, frustration and depression. I have seen this site and others like it before, but sometimes you get wrapped up in your life and then wrapped up in the crazy heart belly fiasco and it becomes all you can think about. It is truly horrific. But coming back and reading these posts is so comforting and I am so grateful for all of you. I woke up this morning feeling happy and encouraged for the first time in many weeks, all because of your openness and willingness to share your story, Thank you from the the bottom of my wobbly heart.

On a different note, here is my experience. I first experienced my heart irregularity as a racing heart. It started in my early 20's and would come and go. Usually with food or alcohol. I also smoked for many years. In my late 20's I experimented with crystal meth, literally for one night, at a party. The day after that I had my first experience with AFib. It would happen a handful of times a day and lasted a few days. Never messed with that again. Had the skipped beat feeling on a handful of occasions after that but nothing remarkable. In my mid 30's I had a major AFib attack, the kind that stops you in your tracks and sends you flying to the emergency room. At Kaiser they gave me some sort of tranquilizer and put me on a beta blocker that I took for a few weeks until it made me so depressed I had to quit...came to find out that was a possible side effect. AFib was gone by the time I left the hospital that night and didn't return. Had an echo shortly after and all was fine. About 6 years ago I was poisoned by black mold in my apartment, chaetomium, a mold that causes nerve damage to specifically the myelin sheath. Before I realized the mold was poisoning us I had all sorts of heart symptoms on a daily basis, AFib, skipped beats, racing, pounding, PVC's, heart spasms. It was so terrifying and when I found the mold and did enough research to know that it was affecting my heart we literally ran from that place. The problem is that I have had pretty serious heart irregularity since then. I have had a few breaks, once for a year and then 3 to 6 month breaks. As of the last 6 months, it is every day and as I said so depressing and scary, every day you wonder if you are going to die. The heart symptoms change constantly in the type of regularity and are sometime shuttle and sometimes dramatic, but as of late they always come with severe bloating and burping, constant burping that does little to alleviate. Ok sheesh that's a lot I know but my hope it someone out there will go Oh my God me to and find some comfort that they are not alone.

With all that said, here are some of my thoughts and some things that I have noticed and or researched. I am not a doctor, take this with a grain of salt, or a grain of ginger as it were.

1-Like many of you the stomach and heart are usually worsened by grains, of any kind but white flour is deadly.

2-Alcohol though providing temporary stress relief in the moment always makes you pay later, especially if you become dehydrated on top of it.

3-heart/stomach deal is always worse when I am heavier

4-heart/stomach thing is always worse with stress and then more stress comes as a result of the heart thing

5-If my lung are irritated, which they often are post mold, it will bring on heart/stomach symptoms/ vagus nerve association I'm guessing, very polluted cities, like LA the one I live in always exacerbate the issue.

6-Weird but interesting fact, the last two times I went to Europe, I was there for a month each time, the heart/stomach thing is almost non-existant. When I get there I have a few days of sort of racing heart but no AFib/or weird but it literally stops as soon as I get there, even though Im usually exhausted the first day or two. Perhaps and air quality issue, perhaps a gluten issue. They did not manipulate their wheat as we did in this country many years back. Have heard of many people who could eat grains in France and the UK but not here...curious

7-Read on a forum similar to this, can't find it again, a post from someone who said they were a doctor. They said that the heart irregularity and stomach were absolutely related and that it was a Vagus nerve issue that could only be treated by extreme diet grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no chemical additives, etc. Like others, claimed gut bacteria had to be re-balanced and was likely going to need to be a life change.

8-If I am sedentary or sitting a lot the problem is much worse.

9-I do believe in my case there is some nerve damage to the vagus nerve/myelin sheath

Honestly I could go on forever but I will say this, it is absolutely tied to the stomach, and imbalanced gut flora is in my opinion absolutely a factor as is an overgrowth of bacteria and or fungus/candida.( Probably worsened for me by the black mold/fungus). I believe this happens as a result of some kind of assault on your system, and more likely multiple assaults, be it intense stress, emotional trauma, mold exposure, unhealthy eating habits, toxic overload from environmental pollution and plastic use, heavy metal poisoning from mercury fillings or other dental procedures, unchecked viruses and anaerobic bacteria from gum disease and root canals.....or some combination of these and other assaults on the body, mind and spirit. This is true for me and probably for many of you, food is an issue with me. I have a lot of good ideas but when it comes to truly being disciplined about what I eat on a daily basis, I rarely maintain my proposed healthy diet for long. Part of this is our bodies trying to get us to practice extreme self care, this is a shot in the dark but my guess is that many of you, like me, could say you haven't properly loved yourself and your body for much of your life. I know there are many of you on here that do take good physical care of your body, but some other assault has or is happening. Either way your body is telling you that something in your life has to change, your body has chosen to declare a state of emergency and you job now is to figure out why. Even though it feels terrible it is trying to help you. Now is the time for deep reflection and extreme self care. I know this is a mouthful, but I hope it helps...I am starting the ginger, last pm and am, will try to be consistent but I have enlisted the help of a functional medicine practitioner to help me maneuver mental, physical and emotional self care and healing. I haven't developed those muscles so she will help me stay focussed and on track to take the best care of myself ever. I love you all and I want you to love yourselves, good luck to all of you and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Mwah!

wildtexspirit on November 30, 2016:

ohhh I never realized that. I even grow it in a container outback. Which I have forgotten about. ^.^

Deb on November 30, 2016:

Any kind of ginger, as long as it's real, will work. They are very inexpensive- less than 5 dollars for Nature Made brand. Ginger might be benefit like but check with your doctor since it does have blood thinning qualities and you have had bleeding problems

wildtexspirit on November 30, 2016:

I also forgot I started using Magnesium Oil about a year ago and had good things from it but now it doesn't seem to help with my tummy. Also can I just make a tea from the Ginger on the spice racks? I am low on money until I can get the one your talking about.

wildtexspirit on November 30, 2016:

Hi, I have issues with Palps since I was born and have had problems even worse once I turned 40. The very day I mean. I looked online about them because not one doctor would help. They loved taking my money and then sending me home with no answers but them saying it is either all in my head, or it is a normal thing that EVERYone has.

I found online about them Magnesium and ordered mine right away. I started with the Nature brands and those were good but found that the ones with Sterates (sp) Oxide,ect. are not best to take. So I found that Chelated brands are best because they help by breaking down in the gut better and absorb better. So I took that kind.

I took that for like 3 years. It helped but I ended up in the Hospital (not related to this) and had to be put on other meds and still continued to take my mag. Well I stopped taking the mag because of doctor telling me I had an Ulcer the size of a golf ball in my upper G.I. I also had a Pre-cancerous polyp. They removed the polyp and told me that there was only one thing that could be done for the Ulcer and that was eating right.

Last year around Christmas I got a tooth ache out of the blue. I wasn't able to go to the doctor and the pain was not with just one spot or tooth. It was in my jaw. and wrapped around from the back to the front of my mouth. Painful!! I used a heating pad while I slept and took Tylenol 4 at a time when normally I can't handle but one.

When the pain finally got to the point of unbearable I had a appt to see a Dentist. She told me I had infection in the bones near every tooth in that area. She had never seen that before. (I know I am typing a lot but it is needed) She sent me home with Ibuprofen script and some antibiotics. I took the antibiotic but not the Ibuprofen because I have been told by my Regular Doctor not to take them because of stomach bleeds. I had been in the Hospital from blood loss somewhere. Thats when they did the finding of the Ulcer and polyp. That Doctor that found the Ulcer told me that there was no link to the tummy and the Palpitations. I even asked about a nerve in the stomach That could cause this. He said there is no connection of anything that could do that with the heart and from the stomach. I was upset at hearing him say that and went back home.

I no longer had bad Palpitations but still had some. 1 maybe a day. From over 3,000 a day to that was a awesome thing for me. I would have them for 30 minutes at a time. My son had to sit with me and hold my hand because I thought I was going to die. They are something to feel fearful of I tell you that.

But now I am having them and my mag isn't helping . They feel as though they are in my tummy more than ever now. Use to they were felt in my chest with the heart. Now in the tummy? I found this after typing in the search bar "Palpitations in the gut" and here I am.

I KNEW IT WASN"T IN MY HEAD!!! dang doctors at as though they know everything. They don't even say "well there COULD be a link" No they just say nothing is wrong with you and here is some anxiety meds . Make an appointment and come back so I can milk you for more money. Sorry but they do upset me when you are so scared out of your mind and to only be dismissed.

I started taking my Probiotics again. I yet see any difference. I do see they aren't as bad after eating and when I burp. I also don't get bothered by them as bad when I drink a lot and I mean A LOT of water. But then my relux kicks up when I drink a lot of water. Anyways. That's it. I will try your findings. Thanks for the info and your webpage. Means a lot to all of us that aren't having a "normal" life.

Deb on November 23, 2016:

Ginger and enzymes will NOT replace antibiotics. Talk to your prescribing doctor about whether you. An add them.

JOHN ARBUCKLE on November 23, 2016:

I have suffered the symptoms so well described above. I have been taking low level antibiotics to prevent urinary infections. Could these be contributing to absence of the correct flora in stomach and should I stop the antibiotics if I start using ginger capsules and probiotics?

Deb on November 21, 2016:

Triple mag is once a day at most, you may find just a few times a week sufficient. Definitely take it with food. Enzymes are to be taken with each meal.

Flgrl75 on November 20, 2016:

Hi Deb!

Quick Question! I see I can take the Ginger 3x a day with or without food. How about the Triple Mag and the Super Enzymes? How do you take those?

Donna Toronto on November 20, 2016:

Thank you for creating this forum. I don't feel so alone or crazy! I take magnesium daily which helps a bit but does not eliminate the heart flutters completely. I am going to add the ginger capsules. I have tried Nexium in the past but never got completely well. Dr suggested Tekta and I started taking it 3 days ago and have relief from burning stomach but no relief from heart flutters. Dr suggested I give it at least two weeks to heal any damaged tissue. The only way I can sometimes get relief from the flutters is to sit reclined with legs up on footstool. I am going to research all the tips found here and hope that I can come up with the right combination. Very frustrated and sad that doctors don't believe there is any connection. I was told that heart palpitations are benign and to learn to live with them. So upsetting to think that I have to feel this way forever. I will never give up looking for a solution.

Deb on November 16, 2016:

Yay Rich - keep us posted!

Rich L on November 16, 2016:

So...I said I'll check back and let you know how things were progressing, here goes.

I took a course of very low dose antidepressants for a month (10mg), along with the ginger and magnesium. This seemed to settle the vagus nerve down and buy me some time to sort the stomach out.

I had palps during this time, but did not feel as if I was going to have an attack. The bloating continued but at a reduced level. However I found that I could not operate properly on the antidepressants. I felt like a zombie, so I finished the month and came off them.

I discussed the FODMAP diet with my gastroenterologist and was referred to a dietitian. I had to wait a while for the appointment to come through and decided to start FODMAP while I was waiting. (Lots of information available from Monash university). Basically it's the removal of fermentable carbohydrates from the diet for a period before reintroduction to find trigger foods.

It's been a week since I saw the dietitian and she gave me the full information on the diet, which I have been on for about three and a half weeks in total. At first I didn't think it was having any effect, however in the last few days I have really noticed a difference. The bloating has reduced to almost nothing and there is very little pain or discomfort after I eat. I am still taking the ginger and magnesium and have found the magnesium in particular seems to have a massive effect on me, preventing acid indigestion and reducing the palps. The rosacea around my face is disappearing, my sinuses are much clearer and the brain "fog" has also lifted. I understand all of these are classic signs of a leaky gut. I only take enzymes after a large meal or when I feel I'm struggling to digest the food.

I'm on the diet for around 10 weeks before I go back and discuss the reintroduction phase. I'm hoping that the progress I've made will continue over this period.

Again I'll check back and let you know what happens, though I'm feeling really confident.

As Deb says, Keep going this can be beaten.

Deb on November 13, 2016:

I usually use nature made brand ginger capsules, but any brand should do. For enzymes, but a decent brand that indicates it is "complete."

leigh on November 13, 2016:

what is the best type of ginger and enzymes to take is their a link on this page somewhere. I have similar symptoms and again no luck with doctors who just think its IBS and that I need to de stress. True but I would not be so stressed if I didn't have all these bizarre symptoms of giddiness prickling bloating gas etc.Its so fustrating

Deb on November 07, 2016:

Anshu - you should go to the ER and get checked out. You need to have a heart problem ruled out before searching for other causes.

Anshu on November 06, 2016:

Thank you so much for the article. I cannot begin to describe the relief I felt when I saw that it's not a serious cardiac condition because I was contemplating on going to the hospital for a heart checkup.

Deb on November 03, 2016:

Hi Theresa - I wish I could answer your questions, but I can't. Generally, people who are low on enzymes find immediate relief when they supplement. I've not heard of them causing irritation. Re: acid level - it's hard to say. I was on Prilosec for years but got off of it because I realized my problem was probably low acid, not high. Work with your naturopath and try different things.

Teresa on November 03, 2016:

Hi Deb,

Thank you so much for your article. I have always felt that there was a connection with my bloated gut and heart palpitations but my doctors would never confirm. A couple of weeks ago I was in the ER because I was having an angina attack with heart palpitations and they gave me all sorts of meds. They diagnosed me with gastritis and a possible ulcer on top of what I already knew....intestinal permeability, SIBO, Candida, hiatal hernia and a form of gastroperisis without the vomiting. They told me to stop taking my digestive enzymes because it could be irritating my issues. So my question is.... how do I know if I truly need them and how do I know if I have too much stomach acid or not enough? I'm working with a naturopath too and she wants me to have another endoscopy to rule out atrophic gastritis. Any thoughts?

Deb on October 26, 2016:

Yay Patricia - I'm so glad you are finding relief !

Patricia on October 26, 2016:

Hi Deb.....I too have been going threw this spend last Friday night in er thinking I was having heart attack. Been having all the symptoms for years found your blog on Sunday went out Monday morning got all the stuff follow your instructions to a t not much change on Monday but yesterday woke up with stomach pain took the ginger and then pain was gone ate yesterday no problem same thing this morning and little pain then nothing I just wanted to thank you so much for your help you are a lifesaver I am going to to get my hands on your book thanks again ...Patricia

Jan on October 25, 2016:

Thanks Deb for your speedy reply! Good idea to freeze broth in baggies! Thanks also for mentioning the stomach bloat and ovarian cancer connection. I will get that checked asap!

Deb on October 25, 2016:

I agree with everything your holistic guy recommends - I make my own bone broth in a slow cooker and then freeze it in snack baggies. Important, if you can, to get grass fed antibiotic free bones

Jan on October 24, 2016:

Hi! I am so happy to see this site just to know that I am not alone. I am 60 and have horrible hot flashes with palpitations, so it must partially be related to hormones. Also, usually if I workout too much one day, the next day I will have an episode of a very fast heartbeat with palpitations. Cardiologist put me on metoprolol and said that it will slow down an adrenaline reaction causing a fast heartbeat. I hate being on those meds though because I am so tired from it but fortunately the doc now has me on a very small dosage. I have been on omeprazole for years for a weak LES and I think it has caused my stomach/gut problems rather than a cure. I went through hell weaning off omeprazole, but now I am on pepcid but wish I can wean off that too, since low acid=poor absorption of minerals=poor health and osteoporosis. I have had Lyme a few times and Erlichiosis twice and thought possibly that I have a chronic Lyme condition. I also have sleep apnea and do feel a bit better with heart issues and gerd since going on a cpap machine at night. I was sick of feeling sick, so I went to a holistic chiropractor who believes all of my trouble stems from a leaky gut (not heart issues or chronic Lyme). I have been on soooo many antibiotics the past few years due to root canals, Lyme, and H. pylori. He believes in healing the gut with bone broth, aloe juice, and also collagen hydrosylate. He also believes in Gut Revive, which I have not tried yet. He has me on magnesium, vit D, vit C, fish oil, folate (I am compound heterozygous for MTHFR), vit B12, digestive enzymes after large meals, and whole milk kefir. I am off of sugar and all grains since they are known to cause inflammation. I've just been following this regimine for about a month now with weekly adjustments and I am feeling a bit better. I am still very bloated though and hope to get tested for SIBO, since it can cause many of my symptoms

dallas1zip on October 23, 2016:

thanx but enzymes containing bromelain are not to be used with warfarin. also Mg not to be taken either. I hate this medicine. have to cut way back on all the healthy foods I was eating.

Deb on October 23, 2016:

Try digestive enzymes with every meal

dallas1zip on October 23, 2016:

Sorry. just signed up. I wholly agree with finding people like me that doctors scoff at. It is VERY real and discomforting to be told that. Just came off 48 hour holter. Harmless. Thank God for that but I went in for relief. have had pvc for 25 yrs. I am 58 and having them daily which is a change. cardiologist says same thing. harmless. i can give you meds to really screw up your life but I wont. thats good. I have told several docs vagus related. no way they say. I have symptom triggers same as all here. stomach empty,stomach way too full,some physical,twisting bending. No cause I can pinpoint. also if my sinuses are plugged I really get them and I have been addicted to nose spray. I didnt see anyone mention this trigger. Also if I am holding my breath concentrating on something it will happen. used to be just occasional and I could forget about it but lately it is all day but maybe less than 100 times. but never had them for days. doc says some people have 1000's a day. God bless them. he also says I am thin and walk 15 miles a day and he doesnt know why I can feel them when it is normal and all people have some sort but dont feel them. I said uh because my heart pauses and then pumps to clear and it feels like when you go over a rollercoaster hill.( weightless) This started after I was put on coumadin (warfarin) but it was 1.5 months later so I cant really attribute it to that BUT I am off all the supplements. I was taking co q10 which 2 docs said has never been proven to do anything,but I once had to take the powdered form instead of my usual liquid and noticed palps came back. I also am off large amounts of green leafy veggies (vitamin k food) as it combats the anticoagulant. vagus abdominal aorta or acid are my guesses. ginger thins blood but I will see if I can take small amounts or coq at my blood test.cardiologist also said co q not that thinning and he has been practicing 40 yrs and knows everyone is different,it wont hurt me,and some pills work for some people. thanx

sue on October 19, 2016:

I've had all these symptoms, have gone to ER many times for at least 45 years without doctors acknowledge any desease going on with me. Only last year I started going gluten free. It took whole 3 months for my symptoms to start get to get better, though not completely gone and I felt better and better up to now. My psoriasis got better by 90 percent and I feel my healing process is still going on. I will add ginger capsules to my diet and wish everone luck.

Deb on October 18, 2016:

Hi Kathy - I'm sure fresh ginger would be just fine - I just don't know what would be an equivalent amount to the 550mg capsules.

Kathy Howard on October 18, 2016:

So glad i found this site i have been sick with PAC'S and PVC's having them daily all day for about 2 weeks. I was admitted to hosptal and had all the necessary tests last week. i am still having them but not as bad. I have noticed they seem to come on when i eat so i started a search and found this site. I too have bloated feeling after eating along with heartburn and gas. I am gonna try the ginger for sure and i wondered if fresh ginger root would be the same as the pills thanks and thanks for starting this site. Good to know im not alone in this .

Xtal Khoo on October 13, 2016:

I suffered frm palpitation 20 years ago while I was about 30 plus. It started during dawn after I eased myself. The feeling was horrible, the heart was beating so fast that the feeling was like going to die. I felt dizzy.

Since then, it recurred many times and it can happened anytime and anywhere. I lost more than 10lbs during that period.

I had visited many doctors and heart specialist, many static ECG were done + stress test with dynamic ECG and the heart was found normal ( I was confident with my heart as I was a badminton player).

The problem came on and off for about 2 years until when I suffered a gastric problem and the treatment was given, the heart palpitation disappeared by itself.

20 years later, it came back again after I took isotonic drink during my night badminton session and went to sleep immediately. Subsequently it occurred few more times. Heart specialist gave me a portable unit to monitor the heart but it was unable to find any abnormality.

However, with the previous experience, I was confident that this was not the heart problem and I focus on treating my GI (as subsequently I have indigestion problem). After I was prescribed with anti spasm and antacid. The problem went off.

From my own analysis, the palpitation was due to indigestion, gas in the stomach & GI spasm ( due to food and stress). This caused the heart to palpitate (none of the doctors I visited agree to this ). I had read some Chinese medical digests and it was mentioned that, yes, yr GI problem will cause heart palpitation.

Thus if u have palpitation due to unknown reason after rule out the heart problem, then u need to focus on treating yr GI. Do not get panic when it strike u as it will cause the heart to beat even faster. Calm down , massage yr stomach and intestine area, start with small circulation motion from center to whole stomach in clockwise motion (looking from front). When massage, u need to press in and feel with yr fingers and most probably u will feel some lumps , slowly massage it until the lump disappear and u will hear liquid movement inside. After a while , u will find gas pass out and u will feel comfortable and most probably yr palpitation will also go off. U can also massage yr hand , frm wrist to elbow area (interior), this is the meridian which control the heart beats. After a few stroke s of massage, the heart beats will start to slow down.

The above was my personal experience and I sincerely do hope that this sharing can help many of u that suffered from the same problem.

Winnie on October 12, 2016:

hi deb, I just wanted to thank you for opening this site, just to HELP us all, and try to alleviate some of our suffering , some other sites want a lot of money just to talk to someone who has been through this ,and wants to offer her suggestions, but for a whole lot of money per half hour. You however, just want to help us for nothing, no profit at all!!!thank you so much!may god bless you for this!

Tim on October 02, 2016:

Thanks for the brilliant observation Deb I don't remember saying it was.

helpiminpain on October 01, 2016:

I'm still trying to get diagnosed, but I'm thinking this is my problem. I'm nauseous with heart palpitations after eating and it feels like a rock is in my stomach. I have changed my whole diet to organic and gluten free. I'm taking mega doses of probiotics and digestive enzymes. One thing that did help me immensely was going to a chiropractor. My spine is really out of wack and when a nerve is pinched it can mess up everything!! I can't believe how much better I feel in 2 days. Not totally normal, but much better.

Dolores on September 28, 2016:

I have been in tge ER 4 times this year and several times in previous years. Had cardio check up. ECG, ultrasound, monitor, etc. iI am 5.1 in height and weigh 100 lbs. I do not drink nor smoke and I am pretty active fir my 74 years of age.

I notice I get these palpitations at times when I have a tight stomach, like a tight band under the ribs and indigestion. Every time I went to ER that was my complaint and they dismissed it to anxiety. Of course it was anxiety caused by the dact that my heart would race at 130+ due to this sudden tightness and started skipping beats. Asked about the vagus nerve and pissible cayse and was told no way. Get this when I bent at times also or wear tight garments.

Scott on September 28, 2016:

Great forum - I too will try the Ginger. But one thing that is not mentioned very much is the use of Alcohol, Caffeine and weight control. If I don't watch these I can go for three months and then I'm on the couch for three days. This just happened and I know I haven't been monitoring my alcohol and caffeine intake, I think it is mostly alcohol. Thanks, again

Raj on September 25, 2016:

Hi i am having these symptoms since two months now, end up in er 2 times... everything seems fine as per doctors. My t3 is slightly elevated.i have GERD.i m 194 pounds 5.4 in height and 34 yrs old.i can relate my syptoms to this post,i get to scared when i feel the palpitations.

Deb on September 24, 2016:

Hi Irene - get your final test results and then ask the doc about trying ginger, enzymes etc. good luck!

irene thornton gray on September 24, 2016:

Hi i have been suffering with racing heart, i would go to bed, and be woke to this and gases in stomach, burning badly up and down below, it would happen once a month maybe, it would race 16o, my husband would take me to hospital, where they would give m tamazapan , cause i was panicking aswell, going dizzy, with tingling arm and neck, anyways i have had camera down, Mri scan, for gallbladder, stress tests, even sent for an ANUGRAM to heart, even though i told doctors it happens when i get gasses, they said RUBISH, anyways the outcome, all had echos ecg machine tests, and heart monitor, i have been told everything fine nothing wrong, i am taking blood thiners, heart regulator tablets, xnax, and spasmasole, for ibs, and panatrozole, WHY the heart regulators , and thiners I DONT KNOW, !!!!!!! So i still have pounding in stomach, and around heart, haven't had a race of heart for 4 month, i go for result of heart monitor on 5 october, i know for a fact there was a few heart pounding going on when i had it on through the night, see what they say, honestly i have never been ill in my life , i have changed all my diet, no alcohol, milk, fizzy drinks, coffee, and i only eat fish or chicken done in water with carrots GOOD EH, sick to death, of it, i did go through a loss in my family which has effected me, and i may have a bit of stress , but nothing i can put all this down to, another symptom, is feeling tired all the time, dry mouth and tongue when i wake up in morning to, and i am frightened to do exercise now cause on the trend mill makes the gases come on in stomach, when i go to doctor i am telling him of this article, and i want off all these tablets, and going to take what you say, all on here soundslike me, going t read your book too thank a lot for reading this xxx

IloveBosco on September 21, 2016:

I have heart pounding every day. I can feel the throbbing in my stomach, neck, chest or head different places at different times. I can also hear it pounding in my ears (pulsatile tinnitus). At night, it will wake me, and soon I'll feel an adrenaline rush. The pounding takes about an hour to lessen enough so I can sleep. Doctors say my heart is fine. I also have GERD and take generic Rolaids + 125 mg of magnesium taurate a day. I feel heavy fatigue every afternoon. I've tried ginger tea, and it always gives me stomach aches. Might be from the reflux, not sure. I take a probiotic each day too, which has helped with my irritable bowel problem. I'd like to know the names of the enzymes I might try to take. Can you help? Thanks.

Rich L on September 20, 2016:

Firstly Deb (and James for identifying Roemhelds) thanks so much for helping us all not feel so isolated. As soon as I found this forum I knew I had discovered the root of my issues. I too had ended up in the cardiac care unit and had months of misery and multiple hospital and GP visits trying to get to the bottom of things. I'd surmised that the Vagus nerve was involved. I felt constantly on edge and had shoulder pain and irritation. The vagus was the only thing I could find that connected all of the symptoms. Finding this forum confirmed this and is leading me to the root cause(s).

I have found the mainstream doctors in the UK to be great, though like many, unaware of Roemheld Syndrome. I've had everything checked and similar to others have received a pretty much clean bill of health. I am currently under a Gastroenterologist and cardiologist (my heart seems to be fine). I have discussed Roemhelds with the Gastro doc and he was great, undertaking research and agreeing that this perfectly matched my symptoms. He's put me on amytriptilene for a month, to calm things down. He also thought the ginger was a good idea, so I'm taking this too. A week in and I'm not feeling like I'm going to have an event, which is great. The bloating has lessened, though it still has it's moments, and the palps have all but stopped. I'm looking at the next few weeks as an opportunity to identify trigger foods and combinations. Once I'm done with the meds I will move on to the regime recommended by Deb in her book.

I'll check back in and let you know how I get on. I've had a lifetme of stomach issues and, looking back, I believe this issue has been building for the last three years, so I'm not expecting a quick fix. I've also taken up yoga and am practicing diaphragm breathing (check out youtube for this) and am getting massages on the shoulder and neck.

BTW...The podcast on is really worth a listen.

Thanks again, and all the best to everyone.

Deb Maselli on September 20, 2016:

I am so glad for you, Ian!

Ian w on September 19, 2016:

Have had all these symptoms for years with all the the treatment with no results and was really getting quite depressed, have tried the ginger tablets and after 2 weeks have not felt this good for years!!!!

I'm not the type to write a post but I just had to, It felt like my life was being slowly stolen from me, but know I'm getting it back!!! Thank you!!!

Deb Maselli on September 17, 2016:

Tim - I am glad you identified gluten as the problem in your own particular case, but avoiding gluten is not the solution for many people.

Tim on September 17, 2016:

Also Lynn celiac disease can cause anxiety and depression cut out gluten for a week and tell me how you feel

Tim on September 17, 2016:

Lynn I was referring in general.. I've been through this so many years did Ginger the probiotic on and on and on just (Google heart palpitations and celiac disease) I bet half of you will be cured like I was I haven't had a heart palpitation since the second day I cut out gluten. I thought the gluten thing was some kind of fad boy was I wrong it's poison to some of us. Just trying to help save time for some people all the years of magnesium probiotics Ginger blah blah blah if anybody gets tested and it helps please post

Lynn Law-Poley on September 14, 2016:

Hi Deb...I am what is referred to as a Personal Support Worker but similar to a CNA. Actually at the time, and this past 24 hours, no I did not consult with my doctor.....I was at emerg this past December due to going into hyperthyroid and having had a nasty panic attack and all was fine in so far as my heart. Approximately 3 weeks ago had an updated blood work up done. The symptoms were timed too much for all that occurred and pretty much disappeared after discovering what was causing them. As for this latest episode, it too is with many other blogs including this one, reacting in panic proves to make it all worse, and that is sadly how I tend to react. I was more looking for some confirmation that in fact the things I described, could in fact cause vagus nerve palpitations. I am a very healthy, albeit overweight person, who is very aware of my health. I just find the biggest issue is reacting in anxiety and fear. Thank you for your response and I will read through the comments.

Deb Maselli on September 14, 2016:

Hi Lynn - I'm guessing you're a CNA. Did you have a doctor check all of these symptoms to rule out other causes? For me, I find the consistent use of ginger tabs, magnesium and enzymes most helpful in keeping things calm. You can read through the comments for doses- I have posted them many times

Lynn Law-Poley on September 14, 2016:

Tim are you referring to my post, or in general to all?

Tim on September 14, 2016:

Gluten free gluten free gluten free look up heart palpitations and gluten I'm telling you I'm a new man try it for one week

Lynn Law-Poley on September 14, 2016:

I am wondering if I have irritated or damaged my vagus nerve for good? A couple of years ago I purchased a couple of underwire bras that were a band size too small. I carry alot of weight around my middle, in front, sides and back. I also do a job that can be very physical in that I assist people to get showered and dressed that cannot do it themselves. Between wearing this too tight bra, which was very definitely digging into me, and yes while working and working with a paraplegic client over a 6 day period, I stained a muscle running along side of my ribs on my left side,during the same time I was wearing the tight bra. After about 5 or 6 days, I noticed firstly that my side was quite sore and secondly I began having 'thud' like or grabbing like palpitations that were occurring quite often. Of course I panicked and I have no doubt that didn't help. After about 4 or 5 days I began to notice alot of the time,not always, I would be gassy or burpy and have acid reflux, around the same time as the palps. I also a few days after this began to notice that when I got into comfy clothes at the end of the day, that the palps got much better. Needless to say I connected the dots and after some days the palps stopped. Over the past 2 years though I have reinjured that muscle and when I do I notice it gets irritated or sometimes the way I may lay on my left side,it does as well. Now, for the past 24 hours, after eating a large lunch and then stupidly putting on very tight waisted jeans, the palps have begun again, only seemingly worse. Still burpy but not as much, palps more often, same 'thud' like or grab like feeling, gassy some, some reflux as well . Slept horribly last night for the anxiety of it all. Is there any relieve from it? Is there something I can do to fix the irritated vagus nerve? It scares me to death!! Thank you.

Deb on September 10, 2016:

Mark - I am guessing that with your history you are on some medications. Ask your doctor before starting any supplements. Ginger has blood thinning properties, magnesium effects muscles, including the heart. Get cleared before you experiment

mark on September 09, 2016:

Same as everyone else here,so guess if im crazy i got neighbors. I had 6 heart att over the last 20yrs, been thru hell and back, picked up copd as added benifits, afib/palps been the norm here, had the newest stem cell dance as well injected stem cells right into my heart, just before i went limp on the table doc whispers {you gonna breath like a young man again}gotta say seems he is a man of his word,to bad he dont know this vagus nerve deal better, ill be after ginger and probiotics fast so i can get my dr on track. ILL BE BACK.

Sue on September 09, 2016:

Same story , heart palpitations after food with lots of belches, emergency room for "afib". Conventional doctors have both told me there's nothing wrong and that my idea of the palpitations being related to vagal aggravation are ridiculous! I can't eat any thing with corn( most corn is grown with an evil chemical called Glyphosate.) This chemical kills off the flora in your gut as well as the weeds in the cornfield. Once you have the disbiosis it's hard to get back to normal. The ginger does help, as well as good probiotic supplements and magnesium. Also, you must avoid the things that trigger it. Often, gluten containing foods, (even organic), are the trigger. The overwhelming consensus of this page is that it's real, and you can be well from your own effort.

Deb Maselli on September 06, 2016:

You could also add ginger 550mg 3 times per day and high quality digestive enzymes and see if they help.

Javier on September 06, 2016:

Thanks to all for this very useful and enlightened post, especially Deb and James (your post is just spot on). Excuse my English, is not my mother tongue and maybe I don't express my experience correctly. Sorry for the long post but I haven’t found too much information about this topic on Internet and think a long description will be helpful.

Quoting James, "after years of bad posture and improper breathing" (computer professional and fan) and stressful job (24x7) I had a presyncope a few months ago. Before that I’ve been having digestive problems but never thought about linking these two events, nor me or the specialist I’ve seen.

After the presyncope other events have follow (one or two every few weeks): dizziness, lightheaded, shortbreath (difficult to breathe) and the worse, the so called “chest flutter”. Chest flutter, palpitations are words than don’t describe truthfully the diying sensation you feel when it triggers. Usually it happens at rest, seated slightly bend over, after lunch or in the evening; and only lasts for a few seconds. The fear makes you jump out of the chair and take a deep breath, your heart rate spikes and adrenaline kicks in which I think makes it brief.

I’ve been taking betablockers (Bisoprolol) for almost 10 years due to high blood pressure so when I discussed this episode with my cardiologist the first thought was checking for arrhythmias. After EKG, echocardiogram, 48 hours holter, complete blood analysis (including thyroid markers), pulmonary function tests, abdominal sonography, cranial CT, pancreatic specific fecal markers, parasites and probably others checks I don’t even remember; good news, nothing comes out, but symptoms persisted.

Family Doctor, Cardiologist and Gastroenterologist agreed in diagnosing an anxiety disorder which was causing functional symptoms, so I was putting on benzodiazepines, antidepressants (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and more betablockers to control blood pressure and heart rate spikes. It’s true I had an anxiety problem but was caused by the fearful and recurrent symptoms, until you get used to them and begin to understand what is happening the stress causes anxiety symptoms that probably get mixed with the parasympathetic and neurological related.

Because I wasn’t getting better I started to look for information on Internet but there is a lack of information related to the whole picture and is easy to get caught in simpler (or more complicated if you wish) and partial explanations to your symptoms, until if you are lucky get to this brilliant article and all the useful and enlightened comments (thanks to all for taking time giving information and sharing experiences) so I decided to share my experience and my conclusions.

For me (I think) James have nailed it, I’ve been years seated or reclined bent over at the diaphragm and poorly breathing (shallow and fast instead of deeper and long), add some sort of digestive problem (I don’t know yet which one) that makes me gassy (few burps and a lot of foul smelling gas) which add a social component to your stressful life.

Now I’m trying TaiChi, Qi-Gong (Chi-Kung) and Yoga; training my breath (meditation) and a more active life (walking everywhere, outdoors activities and sports). These changes alone have relieved my anxiety and put my blood pressure and heart rate under control. Although the digestive and functional symptoms haven’t disappeared I feel better and I think I’m putting all pieces together to find an explanation and a possible course of action. I’m trying the magnesium supplement and stop having dairy products to check if my gastric problems are relieved.

I hope this long post been useful and help someone as Deb and the other posters have helped and enlightened me. I wish everyone find their way to a remedy that ease your life.

Keywords: Parasympathetic Nervous System, Betablockers and Vagal Response, Dizziness, Heart Flutter, Palpitations, Hiatal Hernia, Gastric Reflux (GERD), Vagus Nerve Irritation, Bloating, Gurping, Gassy (Foul Smelly Gas), Splenic Flexure Syndrome, Gut Bacteria, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ginger, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Postural Triggers (Bend Over, Lay Dow, Stand Up), Magnesium Supplement, Food Allergies, Bowel Movements (Stools), Diarrhea, Constipation, Esophageal Reflex, Gastrocardia, Gastroparesis (Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), Bad Posture and Improper Breathing, Roemheld Syndrome, Functional Neurological Symptoms.

Deb Maselli on September 06, 2016:

The magnesium not only has a calming effect on muscles, but it also speeds up transit time in the gut, which reduces bloating and pressure on the vagus

Russ on September 05, 2016:

I made a commitment to return and share my experiments. First, let me tell you what I was going through. My stomach was irritated and I had a lot of pressure in my abdomen and chest. Palps were almost continuous. I couldn't sleep very well. I had a constant need to burp which gave some relief. The apple cider vinegar with mother was my first experiment. I completely and wholeheartedly want to warn all about this remedy. It burned like fire and caused my heart to go into overdrive. Increased heart rate with continuous palps. Sometimes I think it was a practical joke on people such as ourselves. My next experiment was magnesium glycinate and omeprazole. I started with 400 mg of magnesium and 20 mg of omeprazole daily. The magnesium had a calming effect that was unexpected and the omeprazole stopped the burning and pressure in my abdomen and chest. All of the symptoms started to go away and my heart was beating normal most of the time. This didn't happen instantly. It took about 2 days for full effect, but I did notice some relief at the start and gradually increased daily. Too much acid or not enough? In my case, I believe my stomach was irritated and producing too much acid. I would have tried ginger, but all ginger causes heartburn that I can't tolerate. I read that someone suggested Zantac (Ranitidine) instead of omeprazole. I tried this because you can take 1 in the morning and 1 at bedtime. I can honestly report after years of suffering that I currently have very few palps in a 24 hour period. My stomach doesn't burn, the gas and burping are gone. I sleep well at night. I don't feel my heart pounding in my chest. My heart rate is lower than it used to be. All of this relief because of magnesium and Zantac. But, this started with people who care enough to share their experiences with us. This remedy may not work for you, but I suggest that you try something instead of nothing. Please check with your doctor before trying new medicines or supplements. I did and he said try it. I sincerely hope that I can help someone with this issue, because this condition took my desire to live away from me. Good luck and please share your experiences with others because too many people don't report back and leave others to suffer with no relief.

Tim on September 02, 2016:

I've suffered from heart palpitations for the last three years. And severe heartburn for the last 20 years I've been to the emergency room at least 5X with heart palpitations so severe I had to take an ambulance. I have had every test done EKG treadmill heart monitor you name it I was placed on Metro propanol nothing helped. The heartburn medication I had to take daily for years. Then finally I was tested for celiac disease and I tested positive I cut gluten out.. the second day my heart palpitations stopped I haven't had heartburn since.. that's been about 6 months now . I haven't felt this good in the last 20 years I am now 56 years old and I feel like a new man least give it a try you got nothing to lose

Phil on September 02, 2016:

Just came across this discussion. It has taken me 30 years to identify the solution to the periodic palpitations I experience; and with no help (in fact the opposite) from the mainstream medical profession. The big step was realising the issue was the vagus nerve and not the heart itself (i.e. it was the accelerator pedal and not the engine that was the problem). The next step was identifying why the nerve was being irritated which I realised was linked to my digestion (note I have always been underweight but otherwise fit). The answer was found following a very detailed faecal analysis which found an excess of bad bacteria, candida and parasites - all of which were causing bloating. I'm working my way through the solutuions to sort these (anti-biotics followed by pro-biotics and tons of grapefruit seed extract). The improvement has been amazing and I am back training hard. However, the next question is why had my gut become so infected? My current thinking is too little stomach acid is the root cause of everything. This allows nasty bugs to prosper and also creates undigested food to generate gas which causes more bloating ..... and the cycle continues. I'm finally on the mend but I'd been told this 30 years ago.

Mal on August 30, 2016:

I found this site 9 month ago. For the past 10 years I have experienced the odd aff episode and with the first episode I ended up in Emergency. I have pleaded with my GP, cardio and gastrologist to explain why my heart gets out of rhythm when my stomach was gurgling and bloated. The doctors were annoyed and would not give a satisfactory response.

I solved the problem by trying to discover why I was continually feeling bloated. The solution was no to eat nuts. For 35 years I have snacked on nuts 2 or 3 times a day.

My heart has not once been out of rhythm in the past 9 months.

Adrian on August 30, 2016:

Hi Deb... I get the bloating etc and the palpitations. Mine are from my back being out of place particularly T9. Theraflex treatment at my physio straightens out my back and bingo.. no more bloating or palps. Just thought this may help.

aekastar on August 30, 2016:

Thanks for this article! I read it about a week ago and so far have ginger tea and it's been helping a little. I have one and a half cups before my first meal which calms me down. I plan to get digestive enzymes next, are chewables okay? I plan to practice on swallowing pills, but it may take me awhile and I'd just like something to try.

My symptoms started a little more than 3wks ago and it started after I drank apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach. I got extreme heartburn and IBS... I thought it'd be a one off, but my stomach was thumping so bad all day. ever since then, every day I wake up with the same thumping feeling and dread. I tend to level out after the first meal, but if I try to just chill in bed for even a little while, the feeling increases and causes a lot of anxiety. sometimes it shows up earlier and interrupts my sleep, so I haven't had good quality sleep either. it's made me cranky and emotional. I may need something for sleep, too pretty soon. my diet's also been pretty limited 'cause I have no appetite. I have to force myself to eat each meal mostly so the symptoms die down... most of the time I just eat plain white rice with some himalayan sea salt on top, some fruit both in whole and juice form and crackers w/jam. that's about all I can handle. each time I think about adding back some of the food I used to eat, I get extreme panic like I'm afraid my digestion can't handle it. it's sad... my mom was eating onion rings one night and I just stared at them and smelled them 'cause I didn't think I could handle the breading/oil. it generally was difficult even before the issue to eat those. I've had IBS/digestion issues for awhile now, but the heartburn and current daily morning issue is new -- before, I only had episodes maybe once a month. beyond the thumping, I also get gurgling often; not loud gurgles, but little bubbles. it could be my diet change and not directly related, but each time it does that I think "oh no, I'm going to begin feeling ill again" since in the morning when it gurgles it makes me feel queasy. smells also bother me and taste since now I get more backtaste. I burp a lot more too. sometimes I take a rolaids, but have been trying to ween myself off of them; I still took one earlier in the evening which probably wasn't the best idea 'cause I feel acidic again and can't sleep now. oh yeah, I also only bloat up by nighttime but it disappears in the morning. anyway, I hope this method helps me... either way it was very comforting to read both the article and comments to see that a lot of us have these issues even if not 100% the same... my mom's been telling me my vagus nerve is out of whack for ages 'cause of my extreme anxiety, ahah.

I'm 35 years old.

Deb Maselli on August 29, 2016:

I have not, but I spent years on Prilosec, until I realized that lowering stomach acid just compounded the problem

Annette on August 29, 2016:

I finally got the wording just right to find this site and have been devouring every comment. Had a heart ablation last year after 3 years of dealing with atrial fib including 2 cardioversions. The ablation has helped immensely but I am finding real relief by control my gut inflammation. Has anyone addressed the role of adrenal fatigue and the effects it has on diminishing stomach acid production? or gastric retention/vagus nerve relationship?

Deb Maselli on August 29, 2016:

Thanks James!

James on August 28, 2016:

Btw Deb,

Thank you for this website/blog.

Deb maselli on August 26, 2016:

Ginger 550 mg 3 times daily may help as it tends to calm not only the vagus but the digestive system as well. Check with your doc that it's okay for you

Ana on August 25, 2016:

My Vagus Nerve acts up when I get really bad stomach pain with diarrhea, I get heart palpitations, nauseous, dizzy, cold sweats and block out. it does not happen often it only happened twice in the last 3 years. The symptoms subside once my stomach empties. usually take two trips two the bathroom to stop the stimulation. any advice on how to prevent this from happening again? I have read blogs with people who have chronic diarrhea and suffer from this on a daily basis. That is horrible. Reading those blogs gave me really bad anxiety.

Deb Maselli on August 25, 2016:

I cannot comment on the cause - have you seen a doctor to rule things out? If so and you have been told there's nothing wrong with you - I would try ginger 550 mg a day and enzymes with every meal. Check with a doc first

Pratap Singh on August 25, 2016:

Great to find this site. I am 56 year old and quite active physically, walk about 6 km daily. I have experienced that when I occasionally play badminton or tennis I experience bloating soon after playing accompanied by high heartbeat and belching lasting for long time--more than half an hour. I do not have this condition during brisk walk for more than one and half hour. I will greatly appreciate any idea about the causes, and suggestions to deal with the problem.

Winnie on August 18, 2016:

Thanks deb, you don't think the buzzing is adrenaline,but gut related?didn't think of that!I have been under so much stress I figured my nervous system is on overdrive and releasing too much adrenaline, just a hunch though. I will look to getting better enzymes. Thanks for all this information, it helps reading that other people are experiencing the same thing.