Although acid reflux
cause palpitations directly,
associated chest pain may cause the patient to
feel very anxious, and this may cause
palpitations. Acid reflux can also cause chest
pain because the acid irritates the oesophagus and
this can lead to abnormal muscle contractions.
This chest pain may feel very similar to the pain
experienced in angina or coronary heart disease.
This may lead to anxiety and
In patients who may be at risk for
cardiac disease, it is very important to rule out
angina before assuming that acid reflux is
responsible for the palpitations. Even pain that
feels like typical heartburn may be a sign of
cardiac disease in such patients, so a careful
history and medical evaluation is
In the chest cavity, the nerves are
closely connected with the heart, the oesophagus
and the diaphragm. This often leads to ‘linked
angina’ or a cardiac disease induced by the GERD.
A study showed that roughly 1 to 2 percent of GERD
sufferers are diagnosed with a case of linked
angina. However, palpitations caused by GERD may
also be totally unrelated to angina and may
originate from the physical stress due to
When it comes to the treatment of
palpitations and heartburn, the main aim is to
attack the heartburn itself because then the
palpitations that have developed due to heartburn
will be cured as well. Try cutting back on
caffeine to see if it is causing the problem.
Smoking is a cause of palpitations, and so is
alcohol. Some over-the-counter decongestant and
cough medications also cause palpitations. Eat at
regular intervals (low blood sugar can cause
palpitations) and drink plenty of water (fluids).
Try to get enough sleep. Stress relief through
yoga, biofeedback, tai-chi, guided imagery, or
meditation will also help calm your frayed nerves
and reduce acid reflux as well as palpitations.
Prescription medication can be used for
a short period of time and can be successful at
relieving heartburn. There are also many natural
remedies for heartburn that can be used such as
probiotics, herbs like ginger, aloe vera, etc.
Certain foods that trigger heartburn, especially,
a lot of hot and spicy foods, fatty, deep fried
foods should also be avoided and dairy and alcohol
consumption should be limited. Losing weight if
you are overweight is also helpful. Using a wedge
pillow or raising the head of the bed by 6 to 9
inches or simple things such as avoiding wearing
tight clothes and tight belts help treat acid
reflux. Make sure your blood pressure and
cholesterol are well controlled to avoid future
heart problems. To help your doctor diagnose your
condition, keep track of your heart palpitations.
Note when they happen, how long they last, and if
they are associated with any activity or food.
For long term relief from acid reflux
as well as associated palpitations, holistic
approach is the best solution. Making lifestyle
changes and incorporating them into daily life can
improve your overall health safely and
effectively. Holistic approach successfully
addresses all the factors that cause heartburn and
associated palpitations and are also free from
side-effects. It is the perfect natural solution
for heartburn and the accompanying