Can GERD Cause Heart Palpitations Or Tachycardia?
Tachycardia or palpitations are one of the occasional symptoms of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease).
Along with heartburn and a sour taste in the mouth, people sometimes complain of palpitations and other cardio-vascular symptoms in combination with the acid reflux. Indeed, some people suffering from GERD complain of having a pain comparable to that of angina and other cardio-vascular disorders.
Acid Reflux And Heart Palpitations
An abnormal muscle contraction called the bronchospasm, i.e. the spasm of the bronchi, causes palpitations and chest pain. The acid that regurgitates, stimulates the esophageal nerves, consequently causing a cascade of reactions of nerve stimulation, resulting in a bronchospasm.
However, acid reflux is not a direct cause of palpitations. GERD causes chest pain due to the muscle contractions, and this makes the sufferer anxious and stressed. GERD could also trigger other angina-like symptoms, like, nausea, headache, dizziness and shortness of breath.
Acid Reflux Tachycardia
Consulting a physician is particularly important if you are at risk for cardiac disease. Do not presume that the cause of the chest pain and palpitations is an acid reflux, until the doctor has ruled out a heart-related condition.
Treatment Of Acid Reflux Symptoms
- Doctors prescribe medications to help alleviate the discomfort and pain and keep the acid secretion in check.
- Most important of all, is an acid reflux diet. It is the only permanent solution. Follow an alkaline diet, incorporating loads of milk, bananas, coconut water, almonds and fresh fruits. Cut down on aerated beverages, caffeinated drinks, chocolates, refined foods and processed foods.
- Regular exercise and yoga have a wonderful effect on the GI tract and the heart.