A 42-year-old member asked:
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Why could gas cause heart palpitations?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
19 years experience in Cardiology
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.
Answered on Apr 13, 2019
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