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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why could gas cause heart palpitations?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
The vagus nerve?: The association between GI activity (e.g. Gas/bloating, acid reflux) and palpitations exists, but we aren't sure why. It may involve the vagus nerve, which controls GI tract as well as the heart, especially the electrical properties of cardiac tissue. Alterations in vagus activity, triggered by GI feedback, may alter conduction properties in heart muscle, leading to fast or irregular heart beats.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Doesn't: Any association you've observed is purely coincidental.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Palpitations: In general gas wouldn't cause palpitations. In unusual circumstance a large gas bubble in the cardia of the stomach or in a hiatal hernia could stimulate the adjacent heart and cause palpitations. In the spectrum of palpitations, this would not be a frequent occurence however.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can gas in the stomach cause heart palpitations?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
No: To be precise, gas in the stomach can not cause heart palpitations, but it can give the feeling like there is something happening to the heart when there is not. We frequently have patients who feel "palpitations" while wearing a heart monitor and we see no abnormalities of the heart rate or rhythm. So, the sensation can come from causes unrelated to the heart.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Could having gas have anything to do with heart palpitations?

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Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 19 years experience
It's possible: In general the two conditions are separate. However it is possible that gassy pain is actually heart pain because the heart is not getting enough oxygen. If the gas happens with exertion or emotional stress, then this would be more likely. The gassy pain and heart palpitations could then both be related to one underlying heart condition. But more info is needed to really know.
A 38-year-old female asked:

What's the cause of heart palpitations and what to do when you get them?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Usually harmless: Heart palpitations are feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Stress, exercise, medications or, rarely, a medical condition can trigger them. Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they're usually harmless. See a Dr if your heart palpitations are accompanied by Chest discomfort or Pain, Fainting, Severe shortness of breath, Severe dizziness.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Possible causes of heart palpitations?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number.
A 35-year-old female asked:

What could be the possible cause of heart palpitations?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
If indeed your: Heart that is palpitating, there are a number of dysrhythmias both benign and dangerous that could be the cause. Would be best to see your doctor for an ekg and if needed a holter monitor.
Last updated May 9, 2020

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