• over 1 year ago

    Heart palpitations and air burping

    I am according to my Dr. a very healthy, 6 2 150 lb, 47 year old male. Although he says my arms and legs (36 in inseam) are a little long and my heart has to work hard to get the blood out to them, little else is wrong with me, but maybe some mild asthma and allergies.

    So he says I may have some kind of heart thing where it skips a beat or whatever, can't recall the name (right?) but he said probably nothing to worry about but I can do an echo if I want. He said it would probably just make me more anxious but it was up to me. I declined.

    He does think I would benefit from a stress test, which I still have to schedule.

    But I have been having this fake burping thing where I just have to feel like relieving stress in my upper chest, like air trapped there and will burp air, not a belch, just like I make myself do it, vs. have to and usually a bunch in a row which annoys my wife who always asks "am I making you nervous?" "Did I say something?" I find it usually happens more when sitting in the car with the seatbelt on. Again, I'm pretty thin but built like Bruce Lee, wiry strong and work out at least twice a week, six pack, you know, look good sans clothes.

    I find myself also thinking about my breathing more often and do feel like it takes longer to get going in the morning...like come on heart, time to pump now...wakey wakey. I do the treadmill at 4.0 without issue, but probably couldn't have a pick up basketball game without an asthma attack. ? who knows. but should probably start testing my limits and build my cardio back up.

    Posting this to see if others have this "fake burping" thing and if they've narrowed down some causes. Mine happens a few times a week to once a day even. Not for long, sometimes for a half hour or more.



  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping


    "So he says I may have some kind of heart thing where it skips a beat or whatever, can't recall the name (right?)"

    Premature ventricular contractions or premature atrial contractions.

    As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many ♥-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, SKIPPING, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.

    PVCs are typically harmless (benign), be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

    Also as applicable, though not "fake", some individuals have reported, palpitations (PACs, PVCs), atrial fibrillation (AF), or tachyarrhythmias (tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia/paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) being triggered off by GERD/acid reflux/heartburn, swallowing (food or drink), gas, bloating, belching, BURPING or coughing, or after a heavy meal/on a full stomach.

    These are known as indirect causes or an "reactive-arrhythmia". This may/can also be a side effect of some foods (which includes additives and preservatives), drinks, or drugs. On the flip side, in some cases, belching, BURPING, or coughing may/can terminate/relieve an irregular heartbeat.

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      • 4 months ago
        I had something similar -- racing heart palpitations, burps, etc. -- Had the usual tests done and found I had Ventricular tachycardia. A simple ablation took care of the problem -- 7 years ago.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    I think I have something similar. I have seen a cardiologist and have PVCs. The irregular heartbeats have increased this year. I feel them every day and often they are related to my air burps. It feel the discomfort in chest that I relate to a heart palpitation, then usual a palp (but sometimes not), then I burp and feel better--until the next one, which can be minutes or days away.

    I've had these non-burps or fake burps for 15+ years. Sometimes I burp every 10 seconds. They have Only been connected with palps this year. I will see a gastroenterologist soon and a nutritionist. Cardiologist was not helpful concerning the connection. I did the holter moniter, stress test, ekg, ultrasound. All showed healthy heart, just with PVCs.

    If I learn more from docs I'll let you know.
      • 6 months ago
        I have the same issue as you been going on for 2-3 years but this year has gotten worse, I notice my palpitations are usually after meals and while I’m sitting down, burping usually follows within 1-15 minutes of the palpitations they don’t happen while standing much at all or if it does it’s not noticeable. This has caused anxiety in my life I finally went to see a doctor he didn’t seem to concerned. EKG was normal, wanted to have blood work done and something to block the stomach acid from producing to much and put me on Prozac Medicine. I wonder if I’ve had this a lot longer but because of my poor posture rounded shoulders and forward head my chest is tighter so I feel these palpitations more intensely wonder if anyone can relate. Has anything helped you guys out?
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    My first episode of irregular heatbeart/burping lasted a few months. The heart holster and CT scan came out fine as far as nothing serious. I tried magnesium supplements and Gas-X and the issue went away. I quit the Gas-X and then later the magnesium (only the oxide 500 mg BTW). Well the issues came back again 3 weeks ago and I went back on Gas-X and Magnesium Oxide 10 days ago and sure enough, both problems have gone away. My conclusion is the Gas-X helps with the symptoms but I am magnesium deficit as 90% of people over 60 are. I suggest magnesium supplement but am switching over to Magnesium Citrate from Magnesium Oxide just because it is absorbed better.
  • 9 months ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    inflammation in the stomach similar to an ulcer can mimic symptoms of heart attack causing what you think is chest pain and intense anxiety/ panic attacks take medication that treats GERD along with a probiotic for a few weeks and see how you feel
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    A lot of doctors think you are crazy when you say burps or stomach pain cause palpitations. I finally found a smart doctor who told me the pain signals from my stomach were being misdirected into my vagus nerve and causing my palpitations. A beta blocker and acid reducer helped a lot but they came back, so I got an RF oblation on my ventrical and it stopped the problem. go find a doctor who actually does his homework....a good electrocardiologist.
      • 4 months ago
        After some intermittent episodes, I finally found out my problem. First, I did a food sensitivity test and the main culprit by far was cow's milk. As you grow older you can start having reactions to cow's milk. Lactose intolerance supposedly can't cause skipped/extra heartbeats but developing an allergy to milk can. This is according to the livestrong website BTW. Anyway, I switched to Almond milk and for months not, no burping/indigestion and thus no irregular heartbeat.