• over 2 years 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 2 years 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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      • over 1 year 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 2 years 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.
      • over 1 year 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?
      • 9 months ago
        I know this is an old post but I have had heart palpitations (feels like heart is skipping beats, followed by racing heart and anxiety) since 7 years. I'm a 32 year old mom, overweight, but I only just gained weight so I cant say it is related to my weight. I can be just randomly sitting at home doing nothing and I feel like my heart is skipping beats. Sometimes it happens once a day, multiple times a day or it wont happen for months. I have gone to the emergency room a number of times, they do bloodwork and EKG and once did an echocardiogram, all came out fine. The doctors brush it off as gas or anxiety and joke that I am too young to have heart problems. If anyone has never experienced this then they dont really know what absolute hell this is. It can happen out of the blue. I dont know what triggers it, Empty stomach, full stomach doesnt matter. Burping does help though. After I experience these I try to burp, multiple times. And the one that finally does it is a loooooong gurgling burp. I feel better after that. But it can start again after 5 minutes :( I live in constant fear.

        Has anyone found any relief from this? And howww?
      • I going that once racing starts run for the Mylanta within 10 minutes my heart stops racing and burping subsides. Without it 2/4 hours of burping and racing. I still need to do the endo though.
      • I also live in fear with this.
        once racing starts run for the Mylanta within 10 minutes my heart stops racing and burping subsides. Without it 2/4 hours of burping and racing. I still need to do the endo though.
      • 23 days ago
        You are not alone. I have an almost identical situation. I’m 33. Have had infrequent and random heart palpitations or skipped beats since I was in my twenties. They have ramped up recently. I am starting to correlate them with my menstrual cycle. I had a pretty bad episode the other night and for the first time in my life, I called 911. It was scary. I was tachy but otherwise normal. I had an echo in my twenties when these first started. It should a PFO - a hole in my heart. Apparently, these are common and my cardiologist is not concerned. I suggest journaling when you have these to see if you can make a connection, such as your menstrual cycle. I’m currently on another holter monitor. Hoping for good (benign) results. Good luck to you!
  • over 1 year 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.
  • over 1 year 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
  • over 1 year 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.
      • over 1 year 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.
  • 9 months ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    I experience the same things with the PVC's. Sometimes they occur very frequently and they cause major anxiety. My cardiologist says they are nothing to worry about. For me, the come and go. Sometimes they will not happen for weeks at a time. Then they come back frequently for weeks at a time. I have tried most suggestions of taking extra magnesium, cut out alcohol, drink plenty of water etc. Sometimes I've noticed that when I have eaten certain foods can be a trigger - sometimes when I suspect MSG has been added to foods at restaurants. I also relate these to some kind of gastro esophageal episode. I feel the need to burp which seems to help somewhat, but then more PVC's happen, and I burp more. Sometimes I get them when my stomach is empty. Then I eat lunch or dinner and they go away. Then other times, they start up after eating a meal. I just can't seem to figure it out. I read about something called Roemheld Syndrome - aka Gastric Cardia. Seems to fit into what is going on. I met with a gastroenterologist and asked about it. He pretty much dismissed it. He said he had heard of it, but it was pretty rare. Something is going on and I really believe it is related somehow to the gastric system.
  • 8 months ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    Hey all, Axelf starter of thread here:

    I just wanted to thank you for replying. It's been quite a while since I posted this, I'll be 49 later this month. A few things:

    - I got a foam roller (just a short one from Kohl's) and swear to god after using that a few days something in my spine moved and I've felt better. Coincidence? I don't think so. But for the guy above who mentioned a tight chest/rounded shoulders, give it a shot. My lung dr. kind of smirked at me, but hey, don't knock it. I am super tight, bodybuilder, rounded shoulders, computer sitting all day, you get the picture.

    - I stopped drinking milk. Even Lactaid milk. This was about 4 months ago? I asked my wife is she's heard me burping much since, and you know? Not really. So that may help as well. I stopped drinking milk mostly to stop eating cereal as a snack to be even healthier, my usual 9:20 PM snack. Geez it's hard to find a late night tv snack that isn't boring or has too much sugar. I've been doing blue berries and some organic strawberry bar (yeah, right, organic, still sugar). So trying to get down to just the blueberries, mostly.

    - I was having trouble turning my head, stiff neck. Went to a chiropractor woman who practices some BS hokey doke ***, but uses as gun (looks like a drill that sends pulses/bam bam bam, real quick on your spine or neck)...better than having some guy snap my neck and get a blood clot some day...know what I'm saying? Stroke. Well, now my neck makes noise almost every f'n time, like shards of glass/bone floating around. saran wrap. thanks a lot lady. Knew when she didn't ask me to get an xray first for a before / after I should have known. Complained about the bill and never heard from her again. Don't even think I paid the other bills...license...hmmm?

    Anyway off track. But my burping seems to have decreased a lot. I think about my breathing a LOT, but I do have bronchiectisas (sp?) from having too many coughing colds as a kid. But it's like a 1 or 2 out of 10 so my lung doc says. Gotta stop going to heavy on the preacher curls too so my shoulders don't move on the preacher bench...man I've had the worst crunchiness in my upper sides of my back for months, near my shoulder blades. wife gets the knots out from time to time, but shite, what a pain.

    Best of luck to all who find this.

    Updates appreciated.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Heart palpitations and air burping

    In case it helps...most Americans are reported being deficient in magnesium- which affects the electrical system that runs the heart rate.
    You could try one of the slow release (extended release) magnesium supplements for a month or two and see if it helps. Seems like it helped me!