Elevated heart rate after eating

I guess this has nothing to do with pacemaker but was just wonder if anyone has had this experience, I noticed after I eat a heavy meal or food with high sodium,ill notice that I get bloated quick and full with burping followed with a elevated heart rate. I'm going to Bering up to my doctor and cardio soon they have checked heart a lot and everything come back normal to them I guess but I have not checked my gut,


Check your diet, eat slowly, chew well !!

by Gemita - 2021-01-09 04:19:10

Hello MrClassy,

I think we know high sodium is bad for us unless we suffer from low blood pressure when a little more sodium in our diet might be recommended.  Sodium will push up blood pressure, heart rate, cause fluid retention quickly and over time lead to many dangerous health conditions.  

If we eat too much food at once, packed full of nasties, we can expect bloating, flatulence, indigestion and lots of stomach, bowel discomfort.  Our body is trying to tell us to change our ways and to eat more healthily and to chew our food well.  There is a specific condition known as Roemheld Syndrome which might be worth reading about and I attach a link below which describes what happens as gas builds up in our stomachs.  I know a lot of heart patients who have been diagnosed with this problem:


Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a known risk factor for palpitations.  I know this only too well from personal experience.  I also know that because of the proximity of the oesophagus to the heart, what happens in my oesophagus - like abnormal high pressure contractions - can frequently trigger a sudden higher heart rate, irregular heart rhythm and even fainting episodes, but the latter is now fortunately infrequent for me, but it can still happen when I least expect it.

The digestive system is closely tied to the heart because it shares the same nerve pathways.  The proximity of the oesophagus and stomach to the heart is another strong factor that makes electrical disturbances for many more likely during gastric problems with reflux, excessive gas, indigestion, stomach emptying and filling difficulties, for example.  It is therefore easy to see how a meal might cause palpitations during stomach filling, especially with bad, high sodium, gas forming foods.

I also attach a very good link for anyone who wants to familiarise themselves with the cardiogastric interaction with GERD being associated with palpitations (specifically atrial fibrillation).  It also interestingly mentions other common diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis/Crohn's Disease) and other autoimmune diseases, like Coeliac disease, which can trigger palpitations and AF and lead to the remodelling of the atrium due to inflammation.


So YES there is a most definite cardiac/gastric link to our palpitations and if we can improve our diet and our gut health, we might just tip the balance in our favour and rid oursleves of many unwanted symptoms   


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