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Why is it that when I vomit it feels like my heart stops?

Why is it that when I vomit it feels like my heart stops?

Vagal reaction: The stomach is controlled by the vagus nerve. This nerve is a parasympathetic nerve. Parasympathetic nerves release acetylcholine which can cause the heart to slow down. Severe vagal reactions can cause the wart to slow enough that you can pass out from lack of sufficient blood pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Vomiting (Definition)

Nausea is the sensation of having an urge to vomit. Vomiting is forcing the contents of the stomach up through the esophagus and ...Read more


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Get bad headaches when I exercise hard enough to get my heart rate up to about 180. Head hurts and feel like vomiting for 10 min after stop exercise.

Get bad headaches when I exercise hard enough to get my heart rate up to about 180. Head hurts and feel like vomiting for 10 min after stop exercise.

Several reasons . .: Several possible reasons for your nausea and your headaches, so please go see your doctor for further evaluation. HOWEVER, the one thing that is NOT abnormal is your heart rate of 180. In fact, at the age of 23, your maximal predictable heart rate is actually above 190. It is POSSIBLE that all of your symptoms may simply be related to exercising at a heart rate too close to your max. ...Read more

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Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

So sorry: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The mortality of pancreatic ca is very high and if the patient cannot tolerate oral medications then there is no other option but to stop the medications. ...Read more

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I randomly get this thing where my heart skips, beats rapidly, then I feel hot all over and feel like I will vomit. Cause? Could it be heart related?

I randomly get this thing where my heart skips, beats rapidly, then I feel hot all over and feel like I will vomit. Cause? Could it be heart related?

Palpitations: When your heartbeat feels unusual & rapid, we call that palpitations. The association with a hot flush & nausea makes it seem more significant, and it is certainly worth evaluating. If you have chest discomfort, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting that's worrisome. Start by seeing an internal medicine or cardiology doctor; depending on what else turns up, some tests are in order. ...Read more

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Had echo yesterday which shows fluid around my heart, I woke up last night vomitting, what can be the possible causes?

Had echo yesterday which shows fluid around my heart, I woke up last night vomitting, what can be the possible causes?

Pericarditis: A little fluid around the heart can be normal, but if it is seen it is likely abnormal. The most common cause of pericardial fluid is a viral infection, or other causes of inflammation which can be some disease like lupus, or medications. Injury to the heart can also cause fluid. The nausea may relate to the cause but also may not. Be seen if get sicker! ...Read more

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Pounding heart when I vomit. Plz help ?

Pounding heart when I vomit. Plz help ?

Tachycardia: This is likely a normal & reactive tachycardia from the stress of vomiting. If you vomit frequently you need to see a physician. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and heart problems for 5 days now I have had bad diareah and now i'm vomiting should I be concerned?

I have diabetes and heart problems for 5 days now I have had bad diareah and now i'm vomiting should I be concerned?

Yes: Need to be sure you don't have any complication like a hyperoamolar or ketotic state from diabetes and evaluate you with an ekg. Please, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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