Are Your Heart Palpitations and Stomach Bloating Connected?

Does this describe you? You have visited various medical professionals for your heart palpitations and stomach bloating and received a clean bill of health. While you should be delighted that you don't have a disease, you still have the problems you came in with. Your stomach still bloats, and as if that weren't enough, as soon as it begins your heart starts pounding. You sometimes feel lightheaded. What is going on?

Please note that any unexplained stomach bloating should be evaluated by a medical professional to rule out serious diseases such as ovarian cancer.

How are stomach bloating, heart palpitations and the vagus nerve connected?

What is the Vagus Nerve?

Sometimes called "the wandering nerve," the vagus is a long cranial nerve that goes from the brain to the heart to the stomach. It sends signals from the body to the brain to let the brain know how the body is doing. It is what's known as a "mixed" nerve, meaning the signals travel in both directions, not just one.

Because it receives and sends signals between the brain, the heart, and the stomach, an irritated vagus causes symptoms that vary widely from person to person and day to day. When irritated, it can cause a whole host of symptoms, including an irregular heartbeat and lightheadedness.

Illustration of the vagus nerve, showing its "wandering" from the brain to the heart and digestive system.
Illustration of the vagus nerve, showing its "wandering" from the brain to the heart and digestive system. | Source

What Causes Irritation in the First Place?

You suspect you may have an irritated vagus nerve, but what's causing it?

One thing that can cause vagus nerve irritation is excess gas in your stomach. As your stomach expands, this sensitive nerve will come under pressure, sending haywire signals to your brain and heart. When the vagus cannot function properly, it may fail to transmit the crucial neurotransmitters (GABA and acetylcholine, for example) that act to lower your heart rate and quell other stress responses.

Do you notice you tend to bloat in the afternoon? Do you notice that symptoms subside when you burp? Is it worse in stressful situations or when you're sleep-deprived? If so, your digestive system may be what's causing your heart to flutter, as the vagus nerve is unable to "reset" and calm your nervous system.

Home Remedies for Vagus Nerve-Induced Heart Palpitations

The goal of all of these is to improve your digestive health and reduce bloating and inflammation, thus calming the vagus nerve and allowing it to function properly. Everyone's body is different, so you may need to try a few different strategies to find the one that works for you. Always ask your doctor before taking any new supplement or making radical changes to your diet.

  • Ginger capsules: 550 milligrams of ginger root taken three times a day with meals appears to calm the vagus nerve. Whether it calms the nerve by calming the stomach or calms the nerve directly doesn't really matter, as long as you get relief. I suspect it does a bit of both. Certainly ginger is known for being a tummy soother, but it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • Burping: Reducing the swelling of the abdomen will take the pressure off the vagus nerve. Over-the-counter products like Simethicone will break up gas bubbles and prompt burping them out. This is a handy short-term fix.
  • Change positions: Take the pressure off your stomach by shifting your position or walking around and bending if possible. Trapped gas can escape if you move around. Again, experiment. You will find the positions that work best for you.
  • Deep breathing: Depression and anxiety can be associated with vagus nerve irritation, so try to relax (easier said than done, I'm well aware). Try deep breathing or meditation.
  • Diet: This is a big one: very effective but hard to gauge. The bloating that likely caused the irritation in the first place could be caused by a food sensitivity. Removing the offender could resolve the problem entirely. Common digestive irritants are gluten and dairy.
  • Chew your food: Chewing food thoroughly releases enzymes in saliva that will travel with the food into the digestive system, assisting with its breakdown. Food arriving with insufficient enzymes will not be properly digested, resulting in bloating.
  • Digestive enzymes: As you age, enzyme production decreases. If your enzyme levels are too low, supplementation will assist the digestive process. If that is the cause of the problem, taking an enzyme supplement will make it immediately apparent.
  • Probiotics: Support your digestion by taking probiotic supplements daily. You can also replenish your gut flora with a diet rich in cultured and fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kombucha. If you are lactose intolerant, try kefir.
  • Keep your bowels moving: If you tend toward constipation, taking a high quality magnesium supplement can help. It is important that you spend some money on this one and not buy the cheapest brand in the grocery store. There are many different types of magnesium and some are more bio-available than others. Here's a link that explains the differences: I use Triple Mag 250. Also eat plenty of fiber and drink a lot of water throughout the day.

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Dubdevil 2 years ago

Great post, simple post - just stumbled across it after 8 months of scrambling around for a basic explanation.

This describes me through and through. I'm a fit 40, ride, run but was stricken down both in my stomach and head nearly 2 years ago and I'm only just coming round.

Only just started to notice the palps in the last 3 months but I think that's because I only started 'feeling' for them in my pulse. More like a missed beat. Mainly when bending over, or when my tum is grumbling. I have a suspected hiatus hernia that no doubt can aggravate the condition. I'm off to the docs to get the heart checked out as a precautionary measure but I'm convinced it's nothing serious as I feel fit and healthy - apart from the nagging concern in my head. It really did knock me for six.

Started taking probiotics, stopped drinking, watch and learn from what I eat and most importantly I'm trying to learn how to have fun again.

Inflammation plays a big part and my stomach really suffers if I catch a cold or get an infection. During the last cold I could pretty much rub the left side of my neck and feel a corresponding rumble in my stomach. It has to be nerve related!

It is a lonely journey and I'm convinced it's made worse by creating anxiety around the condition. I have spent many lonely nights trying to control the mind if the palps start. They always go. It does get better with learning to relax. but it's not easy. Hopefully it'll just go one day.

Lisa 2 years ago

Found this article has helped me so much. Have been suffering with palpitations for 2 yrs feeling like missed beats or pounding. Been to the docs several times & had loads of tests but always find nothing wrong. Ive noticed that im suffering with a lot of excess stomach acid & getting reflux as well as bloating. The palpitations often seem to coincide. I mentioned it to the doc who said it was unrelated! But after reading this it makes sense!

Ella Scott 2 years ago

My cardiologist (heart doctor) gave me an EKG recently. My heart is fine, yet at times, it seems to beat irregular according to my regular doctor. I'm glad I read this information because I was also just examined by my digestive doctor because of my acid reflux. (bloating and gas) I was examined by both of these doctors just last week. I also suffer from constipation and I am being treated for that. Thank you, Dr. Brooks, for this information.

Jack 2 years ago

Great post, I have started taking enzymes and they have stopped the heart palpitations. However if I come off them for a day the palpitations come back. Does this mean I have to take the enzymes the rest of my life or is there something else I can do e.g. Some sort of specialist diet? I'm 25 and have had the palpitations of or the last 2 years.

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Deb Maselli 2 years ago Author

Jack - see if you can go off the enzymes by taking 550 mg ginger 3 times a day - I have experimented with different combos and found I can get away without the enzymes as long as I take ginger. The upsides are that ginger is inexpensive and is a major anti- inflammatory so is good for you anyway. Be well! Deb.

Alison Jones 2 years ago

Very reassuring article. Could a chest infection/bronchitis irritate the vagus nerve? I was diagnosed with a chest infection 3 weeks ago and it appeared at the same time as my palpitations. Antibiotics cleared the infection but I still have some phlegm and mild(ish) palpatations. Dr said my pulse, blood pressure and heart best sounded fine and did an ECG which he said was fine. These palpatations are just annoying and worrying though!

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Deb Maselli 2 years ago Author

I'm not sure, but try ginger and see if that settles things down, The vagus covers a lot of territory so many conditions could affect it.

Joel 2 years ago

I have this as well. I found that the food additives are a HUGE instigator of digestive-induced palps because they aggravate the stomach and intestine. Avoid Carrageenan, MSG, Natural Flavors, and Hydrolyzed anything at all costs and watch what happens. I skip anything like that and have made huge strides (over a year now). Chocolate and tomato can aggravate palps on bad days, but not like food chems, which get me anytime I eat them. You'll be healthier too. TRY it. Ginger helped, but it couldn't overcome the instigators. I went from 1 out of every 4 beats skipping to only having palps when I mistakenly eat an instigator...

Dave 2 years ago

Interesting discussion. I've researched this quite a bit, my hunch is that the link between the vagus and heart palps/arrythmias is related to gut bacteria. Gut bacteria exert their effects on the brain and vice versa via the vagus and this could explain the relationship with bloating/gas/reflux

Tim 2 years ago

You keep pushing the ginger, which you happen to be selling on this site. If you are sincere, you should not be sponsoring a particular brand.

Deb 2 years ago

I absolutely am pushing the ginger - it's highly effective, inexpensive and you can buy it at your local grocery store. No need to follow my link if that offends you. I will mention, however, that freelance writers like myself can't live on air.

TV 2 years ago

I've had this for years.. And up until I found this article, I'd only ever found one journal article from the late 1800s or early 1900s that talk about the connection between palpitations and the stomach by way of the vagus nerve, or that even talked about the connection between the heart and the stomach. It's good to see little known information like this, which is largely not acknowledged by the medical community, being made available for those who need an explanation...

Deb 2 years ago

TV - I had stomach problems and heart palpitations for years - I used to sit in meetings wondering if I would pass out. It took me a long time of piecing together little bits of information to figure it out. Then a lot of experimentation to figure out what to do about it. I think this problem is pretty widespread - it's just that doctors don't make the connection.

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Ilonagarden 2 years ago from Ohio

I found this very helpful, and have just started taking a capsule with ginger for other things. After reading this I think some of the symptoms I get are related.

koni 2 years ago

thanks for the post. ill try with the Ginger capsules.

jenn 2 years ago

I have been suffering with a hiatal hernia, acid reflux and heart palpitations for 4 years now. No doctor will ever connect the 2. It makes me so angry that they look at me like I'm crazy when I describe what's happening to me! I know that this has been happening for so long but I can't help but to get anxiety when it does happen. People tell me that the anxiety causes it but it's the other way around! I feel like NO one can relate to what I have been going through. I am happy that I can come here and read similar stories so I don't feel like I'm crazy.

Sean 2 years ago

I get constant bloating after every meal (even after drinking plain old water), strong heart palpitations, feeling sickly full, and much more. I really feel like I'm dying.

I will try the ginger and simethicone and report back if it works.

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Deb Maselli 2 years ago Author

Take the ginger capsules 3 times a day around meals. If that doesn't do it - experiment with a quality digestive enzyme. I'd be interested in hearing how it goes.

Richard 2 years ago

Thank you for this!!

See the thing is, I am experiencing exactly this, and I am only 20 years old. Is that really possible? I'm actually getting scared to eat anything because I don't know what is causing me all these problems, including fatigue and anxiety, but I know it's from food. So I will be trying digestive enzymes and hoping for the best.

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Deb Maselli 2 years ago Author

Add ginger - 550 mg capsule with food - it really, really helps.

Patti 2 years ago

This is exactly what is happeneing to me. I belch and it stops. I am getting ginger today!

Holly 2 years ago

The diet advice here is awesome. I have tried the ginger but maybe need to try again. Thanks for the food additive advice. I already eat paleo which helps at times. Im still working on my triggers :)

Donna 2 years ago

I have been suffering with bloating, gas and heart palpitations for 3 1/2 years now. The palpitations were so bad I landed a visit to the emergency room. Atenolol was prescribed and I followed up with the cardiologist. After all tests came back normal, I was sent to see a G.I. Docter. After endless tests there including an ultrasound of the abdomen, all tests came back normal. Their best diagnosis was I may have the beginning of IBS. I have neither diarreha nor constipation so I continued to research until I came across your information. I seem to have all the symptoms you have mentioned in your book description. I seem to really suffer the most when I drink anything carbonated, high in fiber (such as beans, carrots, broccoli, etc) and dairy, including when I overeat.

The only thing that helps me when it gets out of control is the atenolol. Now I take it when I am going out to eat just to avoid an attack.

I am excited to order your book and happy to discover I am not the only one with this disorder. I am finally feeling hopeful.

Tessa 2 years ago

Hi there. Could I take digestive enzymes as well as ginger capsules for this problem?

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Deb Maselli 2 years ago Author

Yes - I take both. Ginger 550mg 3 times a day and enzymes with larger meals.

Tessa 2 years ago

How long after taking both did you notice symptoms went away ? Thank you

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Deb Maselli 2 years ago Author

A few days maybe. I felt, at the time, that the effects of the ginger kicked in right away, and that the effect of the enzymes kicked in over a few days, though I don't know why that would be. Over time, I found I didn't need to take the enzymes. Recently, the bloating came back after drinking a green smoothie (not the heart palps though) and I added an enzyme to it which has solved the problem. I have always continued to take the ginger and a high quality magnesium tablet every day. Keep experimenting and you will find the right combo for you.

Niki 24 months ago

My cardiologist told that me "absolutely" the stomach can cause heart rhythm disorders? Particularly if you have a hiatal hernia. Find a good doc, they are out there.

Zack 24 months ago

I'm 16 years old and I've been having bad stomach gas which feels like bloating for maybe the past 2 months. I also notice that I get heart palpitations daily (especially when exercising and stomach gas comes up) and it's possibly because of the gas in my stomach irritating that nerve? Any advice?

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Deb Maselli 24 months ago Author

I would advise that you ask your parents to take you to the doctor - you're pretty young for these problems. Assuming other problems are ruled out, you could try eliminating highly processed foods and taking a probiotic and ginger to see if that helps. But please let your parents know about your symptoms so they can help you.

Jill Ellis 24 months ago

What are digestive enzymes? I am currently having the same problem but I am pregnant so I have been drinking ginger ale and "burping" as much as possible, this was helping but the palps seem to be coming back now. I have been to a cardiologist, my regular doctor, ob and the ER...all said I was fine, but these palps ruin my whole day

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Deb Maselli 24 months ago Author

Digestive enzymes break down the food you eat - some are in your saliva and some in your digestive tract. If you do not have enough enzyme production that can cause gas and/or bloating. Check with your doctor if it is okay to take them while pregnant ( I imagine it would be fine) then be sure to buy a high quality brand that includes at least the 3 different enzymes that break down carbs, fat and protein. If your problem is lack of enzymes, you will get immediate relief. I am thinking, though, that perhaps this is related to how you are built and perhaps the baby is pressing on the vagus in some way. Anyway, let us know what happens!

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Elsie Hagley 23 months ago from New Zealand

Thanks for interesting article. I will try the ginger capsules, see if that will help.

Mary 23 months ago

I have had heart fluttering for 25 years. They are worse when my stomach is bloated and when I bend over. It helps when I burp too.Sitting up in bed really brings them on...I just hate it. I'm going to try the meds recommended.

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Deb Maselli 23 months ago Author

Mary and Elsie - let us know how you get on.

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Jason Arceo 23 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Totally me. Been having issues for awhile now. Bad gas. Heart fluttering and palpitating. Multiple trips to the ER. Ekgs. Stress tests. Isotope imaging. Endoscopy. Colonoscopy. Manometry. Thank God nothing major but All with the only result to take famotidine. Lansoprazole. dexilant. Attacks occur after eating and gas x doesn't always help. Thank you for posting this. I really pray this helps. I'm only 30 and feel so off balance I just want to feel normal. Just left vitamin store with ginger and digestive enz listed on site. I don't care the cost. Just want the best I can get. Nothing is worth feeling normal. Anyone post their results? .

Deb Maselli 23 months ago

Jason - please let us know how you get on.

John 23 months ago

I'm having excessive gas even when my stomach is empty such as when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I feel nausea when I'm lying in bed at night and along with the gas I have a rumbling stomach. Any suggestions??

Deb Maselli 23 months ago

Ginger capsules 3 times per day, a quality digestive enzyme with your meals. You might also want to use a high quality magnesium supplement, at least in the beginning to get your system moving. Sometimes symptoms like that can be caused by a slow digestive transit time. You also should take a probiotic to reset your gut bacteria - this can take time so give the probiotic at least a month. Tell us how you make out!

dave 23 months ago

I thought i was the only person experiencing this correlation between gas and palps. Is it safe to take the ginger capsules without knowing if allergic or not? Also would this help my heartburn?

Deb Maselli 23 months ago

I can't advise anybody about specific allergies, though I would be surprised if you had not already had ginger in some form - Chinese food, cookies etc.

John 23 months ago

This isn't very related to your article but my doctor prescribed me to take famotidine 10mg twice a day for 7 days for my stomach problems. Today is day 3 and I still don't have relief from my stomach. Do you know when I'll start to have relief?

Deb Maselli 23 months ago

Hi John - it's hard to say without knowing what you are being treated for. Famotidine is an acid reducer - does he think you have an ulcer or GERD? In general, if the over production of acid is your primary problem I would think you would find relief in about 24 hrs or so. What exactly are your symptoms?

John 23 months ago

I have stomach bloating even when my stomach is empty and I get nauseated and my stomach hurts without any food in it.

Deb Maselli 23 months ago

I would try ginger capsules 550mg 3 times a day and a high quality digestive enzyme with every meal and see if that has an effect

John 23 months ago

Why do you think that my doctor prescribed famotidine to me for 7 days if I should notice a difference within a day of taking it?

Deb Maselli 23 months ago

I really don't know - I just know that they can take up to a day to provide relief. Perhaps he thought if you found relief for a whole week it would confirm that excess stomach acid was the culprit - but you should ask him and find out!

rachel 22 months ago

will the ginger raise ur bp though?

Deb Maselli 22 months ago

Hi Rachel - I don't know of any conclusive studies about whether ginger can raise blood pressure, it has not raised mine. I do point out in my post that you should always discuss new supplements with your doctor though. Meanwhile, here is an interesting link that pulls together some studies on ginger -

Amanda 22 months ago

Hi I'm 27 year old been getting heart papltations and irregular heart beats for the past year a lot of doctors have said that it's from my digestive system but Im just not convinced when I have an episode it is that bad that my blood pressure drops extremely low Im on tablets from the cardio to keep my blood pressure up also the natural path might think that my sugar levels are dropping low too im so scared been waking up at night with racing heart and feeling so faint that sometimes I can't even move rgw last few weeks when I have an episode I get bad chest pains numb neck pains in arms and head it that bad that I think I'm going to have a heart attack or stroke it's changed my life so much stopped working won't stay by myself scared to drive and sleep on my own can anyone please help me I can't take it any more

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Deb Maselli 22 months ago Author

Amanda - I am so sorry to hear what you're going through. Since you are under the care of a doctor and your symptoms sound extreme why don't you ask the doctors approval for the following regimen: 1 - 2 hi quality complete spectrum digestive enzymes with every meal, 1 550 mg ginger capsule 3 times a day, 1 high quality magnesium tablet every day with food (I use triple mag 250 - cheap magnesium won't help you because it won't be absorbed) 1 - 2 simethicone tablets when you feel symptoms, also - very slowly increase fiber by using psyllium husk, but go very slowly with that - maybe a 1/2 t a day for a week the very slowly increase. I can't be sure this would help you, but I was in the same boat many years ago and it helped me. I did a lot of experimentation before I found relief. Again, please talk to your doctor about whether this is something you could try. Let us know how you get on.

Oakster4 22 months ago

I don't get heart palpitations so much, but there is one single spot beside my left breastbone and sometimes near my left breast that will "twitch" and make me feel like something is going on with my heart. Have had numerous heart tests that say all is OK. Have bloating all the time. Have had GI tests. Said I have IBS but nothing helps. Should I try the ginger & magnesium tabs too?

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Deb Maselli 22 months ago Author

Yes, and good quality digestive enzymes.

Liz1984 22 months ago

Hi there,

I have been seeing a cardiologist for over a year now, I do suffer from tachycardia and palpitation. I am 30. I am on medication, which does keep the pulse down, and the heart palpitations have settled. I also suffer from reflux and mild IBS. My only symptom that bothers me (the rest I am used to) is that in my upper abdomen in the centre nearly on a daily basis, I feel it pulsating (very much like a heart palpitation) do you think the ginger would help this? Or the enzymes you talk about?


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Deb Maselli 22 months ago Author

Hi Liz - ginger may help, but ask your cardiologist for the go ahead. If he says yes, then I would absolutely try it and take one 550mg capsule 3 times a day around meals. ( though I take it on an empty stomach in the a.m.) Ginger has really helped me and it is very inexpensive. I would the same with the enzymes - but for those it's important to go with a high quality brand. Please tell us how you make out. 21 months ago

just found this site at 5am searching for help.Awake with severe bloating and racing heart.This happens regularly.I have a hiatus hernia and have had lots of tests on my heart and though I do have occasional extra beats my heart is ok.Its very frightening and tiring.I find it usually settles when I burp lots.What do you think would help me.?

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Deb Maselli 21 months ago Author

Ginger capsules 550 mg 3 times per day, high quality digestive enzymes with every meal, 1 high quality magnesium supplement like triple mag 250, and probiotics thru either tablet form or organic yogurt. (If you're sensitive to the lactose in dairy, use kefir instead) Tell us how you make out.

John 21 months ago

Please answer me because I'm very nervous and I need someone to tell me if I'm alight. I've had mild bloating, a high feeling that my stomach isn't empty when I poop, and bad, foul smelling gas for the past 4 months with no other symptoms such as a change in bowel habits and nothing has gotten worse in any way. Could this be anything serious due to the fact that I've had it for such a long period of time and these are my only symptoms.

John 21 months ago

Also, all these symptoms are on the left side of my body.

Deb Maselli 21 months ago

John - I'm not a doctor so can't diagnose you. You should consult a gastroenterologist. Meanwhile, you could always try some of the suggestions in this article and in the comments to see if they help your symptoms.

Gary 21 months ago

Deb - Two questions - I keep hearing about a book that you wrote about this? Is that correct? If so, do you have a title? Secondly, I was taking high dose vitamin C for cardiovascular health and afte a while, it seemed like I got diarrhea every day from it even as I lowered the dose. After months of the diarrhea, I developed these very frequent extra beats. Do you know - can chronic diarrhea be a cause of vagal irritation? Thanks by the way for the work that you do on thise site.

Deb Maselli 21 months ago

I'm sorry Gary, but I don't waste my time with people who start their post with "do you have a life?" Good luck with yours.

nicky 21 months ago

Gary didn't say that, please reaf again and answer the guy.

Deb Maselli 21 months ago

Ack! I'm very very sorry - I read it as do you have a life. I need glasses apparently. It's. Alled Beat the Bloat. Again VERY sorry!

Justajem 21 months ago


These PVCs, or palpitations are causing me so much depression. It all started when I weaned myself off Klonopin. I've kind of always believed my body is now in a hypersensitive state. I have seen many doctors, spent a lot of money and still no real answers. I have had three halter test, numerous EKGs, stress test and everything else. I was told "we can't find anything wrong."

It is almost a given that when I have heart thumps my stomach is gurgling and gassy. Even before reading about the stomach and heart connection I just felt 100% that something in my stomach was irritating something close to my heart. My cardiologist pretty much blows me off. Whenever I discuss it with him or his staff I get the "you know anxiety causes this..." This is very true but having these thumps causes anxiety itself.

I had one doctor suggest I go back on the benzo and I did, the thumping stopped. But I can't imagine being on such a dangerous drug the rest of my life because I can't deal with the thumps!

It's my belief that I probably have had in my whole life, especially with me having a real sensitive stomach and the sedative kept me from feeling them. I thought my greatest challenge was getting off that drug but I think it's the acceptance of these thumps that is the greater challenge.

There is so little support out there. Most of the online support forums have super dated posts. Anyway, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to bring all of us a little bit of peace of mind.

I will certainly try your recommendations.

Deb Maselli 21 months ago

Justajem - don't give up! I never thought I would get free of the heart palps, but I did. Let us know how you make out.

Deb Maselli 21 months ago

Gary - I was so thrown off by misreading, and the mid-responding to your post I missed your second question. Yes I think diarrhea could certainly cause palpitations, though for me it was bloating that set it off. Vitamin c is very hard on the stomach so you may find that after some time passes and you are no longer taking it your system will calm itself and your symptoms subside. Anyway, if I didn't chase you off by now, let us know how you get on.

Mari 20 months ago

Has anyone returned to update us if this really works to stop the palpitations?

Melody 20 months ago

In 1961, as a junior in high school, I started having palpitations and faintness in class after lunch. It happened frequently enough that my mom took me to the doctor. His diagnosis was an irritable vagus nerve and he put me on quinidine and donatol, which I took for about two years. After that I was o.k. It's been so many years, but I've never forgotten how frightening these experiences were. These days no palps, but I do take probiotics, ginger and magnesium.

Melinda23 20 months ago

Why don't doctors tell us this stuff? They say if you aren't having pain then flutters can be normal. This is not normal and it's freighting and debilitating. I want to feel normal again.

Tim 20 months ago

Have had palpitations on and off for two years. Last week I had a prolonged episode which sent me to the doctor for an EKG. Of course it came back normal...This is very frustrating because I am losing a lot of sleep. If pounding ginger is the answer, I'm all in.

marvin23 20 months ago

ive been experiencing this for almost 2 years. Exact interpretation. My heart beat skips usually after meal. One of the remedy is to take yogurt, eat salabat or ginger tea and let it pass by. btw, I am physically fit also (32 years old).

Robert Cook 19 months ago

Does anyone know if there are any studies relating the vagus nerve irritation with smoking? Wether it is tobacco, marijuanna, vapor/electronic substitutes or whatever? Clearly smoking and heart issues are linked, but I'm curios about the possibility of causing bloating.

Robby 19 months ago

I am 19 years old and from SW Michigan. I went to the specialized chest and brain ER we have at Borgess medical center in town. I was having severe palpitations;

Robby 19 months ago

I am 19 years old and from SW Michigan. I went to the specialized chest and brain ER we have at Borgess medical center in town last Thursday night. I was having severe palpitations; Specifically, jumping in speeds from 50 Bpm to 120+ Bpm. During this episode, I remember attempting to regurgitate the Chinese food I had eaten just over an hour before, and have felt nauseated many times over the last few days. After 2+hours having my heart monitored, an ECG, as well as blood drawn for Hyperthyroidism tests. Nothing came out of it. Can an irritated vagus nerve trigger dry heaving ? I also noticed it had been really hard to eat food the last few days, or drink anything really.

Finding this article was a great relief, because I have been inexplicably burping since I left the ER, and do feel better after each one. My average resting heart rate has been around 48 the last few days as well though, and sadly I don't have any comparison of my past rates.

So community,

I am asking what your next steps would be ?

Deb Maselli 19 months ago

Hi Robby - I would keep following up with the docs to rule anything else out and try ginger tablet 550 mg and a high quality digestive enzyme with every meal and see if that provides relief. And stay away from the MSG in Chinese food!

Rudy 19 months ago

Ive read acticles on the vagus nerve BUT!!! this is the best DEB! I am going right now to get ginger first and maybe enzymes later. I wont bother giving my testomony because all of these testemonies are soooo Me! Same response from several Dr's. Thank You Deb so much, as my anxiety just dropped a few more degrees reading this plus yoga and now going to read my Bible. Hahahah I will let You know how it goes. God Bless Deb and all who shared. Thanks, Rudy. NB Canada

Rudy 19 months ago

Good luck and please do come back and give us an update!

Jane 19 months ago

This is so very interesting and helpful. I want to share my story with you to support your research and give others hope. I had heart palpitations so bad I was woken up from it, with a fever and feeling sick. This only happened if I drank to much of ate to much of the wrong stuff before going to bed, like drinking to much wine or eating to much sugary foods. So I diagnosed myself as to having a 'low blood sugar' attack. But then one night, I was woken up by the heart palpitations again, and this time with an extreme burning sensation in my stomach. We rushed to the ER and the doc immediately gave me an antacid IV, just by listening to what I told her what I'm feeling. The 'sick feeling' went away within minute. She admitted me to hospital for an endoscopy, and 2 days later I was diagnosed with a bad case of gastritis. So yes, your Vagus nerve are definitely connected to you stomach and heart and brain. My docter explained that because you stomach has no nerve endings the Vagus nerve sends messages to your brain telling it that something is wrong and the body reacts on that messages. I'm also only 27 and am sure that by fixing my gastritis the heart palpitations will go away. I don't know if you perhaps have additional advice on gastritis Deb? I will appreciate any that you may have:) thanks for this info!

Deb Maselli 19 months ago

Hi Jane - I don't have any particular advice about gastritis, except to suggest a few basics - rebuild your gut bacteria with hi-quality probiotics, kefir and yogurt, try taking a digestive enzyme with problem foods and try taking a ginger capsule 550 mg with every meal. Let us know what you tried and how it worked

rin 19 months ago

Wasted my money seeing doctors who said oh you have anxiety just take this new drug you will feel better. I do not get better I got worse instead after taking the drug. It is a great emotional relief to see this posts that relate to my life right now.

melb90 19 months ago

I would add go get tested to see if you are a malabsorber of foods such as lactose or fructose. I have problems with fructose which is in a lot of common foods such as wheat, cola, apples and onions. I have an arrhythmia and it does get a little worse when I eat the wrong thing. While ginger might help, and Im trying it now, as always you need to get to the bottom of why you have gut problems and address that first.

Chris 18 months ago

I like to drink a few beers on weekends but this often results in palpitations the following day. Same thing with coffee. Do you think the ginger and enzymes would help with this?

Deb Maselli 18 months ago

Hi Chris - I don't know if it would help or not - all you can do is try. I do think, though, that beer is a double whammy because you not only have alcohol, but carbonation too. I can drink alcohol, but nothing fizzy.

Ketera 18 months ago

I have been having similar symptoms. About 2 months ago I blacked out after eating a heavy meal. Before blacking out I begin to feel nauseous, lightheaded, and sweaty. A month later while eating a meal I started to feel the same things with a rapid heart rate (this probably happened the first time but I didn't notice). The abnormal heart beat (pvcs) started not too long after that day. Now they have been happening almost daily. It was very hard to eat anything after that. My cardiologist diagnosed me with MVP and said it was common in women my age (25). He said not to worry and drink plenty of water. Along with my pvcs I get these weird waves of something like brain fog. I could go on and on...what is the title of your book?

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Hi Ketera - I'm so sorry you are going through this. Since you are seeing a cardiologist - ask him if it would be alright to try ginger capsules 550 mg and a high quality enzyme with every meal. I would also ask him if he thinks your digestion is irritating your Vagus nerve. My book is called Beat the Bloat. Please come back and tell me what happens.

Peg 18 months ago

No way can I explain my relief in finding this site, was thinking I must be one of a kind! EXACTLY the same symptoms as everyone else on this site, bloating, gas, palpitations, digestive problems. Been having this for years, I've been through every test you can imagine. Doctors have been useless. Can't wait to try the ginger & enzymes. Thank you to everyone who have posted their experiences! Thanks Deb!

Audley 18 months ago

Deb you are the answer to my years of suffering. Five years ago i was put on depression and anti anxiety meds. My condition got worse and was off work for four months. Thanks for advice and God bless you.

Lisa 17 months ago

Was diagnosed with A Fib in October 2014 from stress and dehydration . I was on a diet for my son's wedding. I was living on diet pepsi. Heart rate was 195 in the ER. Beta blocker Multaq and xaralto are my daily meds. Had the Flu in January buried mom in January from the flu so my stress level is through the roof. Started Mag. Glycinate 120kg 2x/day. Now I get palpitations with everything I eat. I see a cardiologist and EP specialist and was advised to increase the Mag to 400mg daily . Would you advise ginger also?

Deb 17 months ago

Hi Lisa - ask your doctor if you can try 550mg ginger tab and a high quality digestive enzyme with each meal. It's worth a try, but check with the doc about it first. I hope you find relief!

Lisa 17 months ago

Thank you.

Peter 17 months ago

Have had ectopic heartbeats for over 20 years and have always related them to my stomach, have a hiatus hernia and reflux which doesn't help. Burping always relieves and I often drink something fizzy (not soda) to induce. Will try some of your suggestions to reduce symptoms.

Deb Maselli 17 months ago

I always got relief from burping too. That's how I started making the connection to the vagus nerve. Good luck!

Peter Y 17 months ago

For the past few weeks, I was having chest pain and heart palpitations that would shake me. It was extremely frightening at times to say the least. I visited the ER, doctor and cardiologist countless times and many tests done but they found nothing wrong with my heart. At this time I was also having indigestion (food would just sit in my stomach for hours), bloating and a burning stomach. Constipation was/is a huge problem too.

After seemingly endless research on the internet I found that heart and stomach issues could be linked. I saw that there was a name for our condition, "Roemheld Syndrome". After reading this article, it starting making even more sense. I have followed the advice.

First, when I sensed my heart about to beat out of my chest, I started forcing myself to burp. To my surprise, my heart stopped acting up!! Next, I bought ginger root and enzymes. I just took these during my meal along with a magnesium citrate supplement and so far I hardly feel my heart acting up! It's the most normal I've felt in weeks! I don't want to jinx myself but I think this could be the solution to my heart palpitations.

Deb Maselli 17 months ago

Hi Peter - I'm so glad you're finding relief. The only thing I would tweak is to change the mag citrate to a once a day hi quality magnesium like vital nutrients triple mag 250. The citrate, like other types of mag, will relieve constipation but is not absorbed very well so you don't get the other benefits in terms of calming the vagus nerve. Good luck!

Anthony Cordina 16 months ago

Hi, Im 23 and i get heart palpitations (skipped beats, rapid and intense beats). Iv had them for around 8 months now and they are destroying my life. Im on tranquilizers to calm me down cause my heart rate goes up to 170 bpm when it gets out of control. my GP sent me to a cardiologist and I had a 24 hour ECG and a heart ultrasound and he says my hearts fine. It sounds a lot like what im reading on this site, only problem is I don't really feel bloated much and i rarely find the need to burp, at most I might get a stomach grumble from time to time. My GP has suggested a gastroscopy so I think she might be suspecting this as well. Thanks for the informative article I hope this is the answer to my prayers, I cannot live with this over baring sense of doom almost all day. My heart goes out (pun intended) to those that have been suffering with this for years, you are troopers.

Debbie campbell 15 months ago

Been suffering every night while sleeping with an extremely fast racing heart, its scaring me so much! I already had 3 ekg's was rushed to er now cardiolist app next week. My stomach is extremely bloated and has been, along with acid reflux. Prayed this morning for an answer, maybe this is. Been going through this for 7 months, just feel like crying.

Deb 15 months ago

Hi Debbie - I'm so sorry about what you're going through. Ask your doctor if you could try digestive enzymes and ginger tablets 550 mg with every meal and then maybe ginger before bed.

mark 14 months ago

I have been suffering this the past week. My heart rate is a constant 61 BPM. I feel gas build up and then my heat ratces to around 170BPM. This won't stop until I drink a pint of water. And lie on my right side until my stomach drains. I then roll to the left side. Eventually a huge burp occurs and my heart rate then returns to normal.

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Mark - I'm so sorry! Please do see a medical professional and get yourself checked out, and while you're there ask if you could try taking high quality digestive enzymes with each meal, ginger capsules 550 mg with each meal and a high quality magnesium supplement once a day. I use triple mag 250, but whatever you choose for magnesium, make sure it is a good brand and not just magnesium oxide. Here's a link that explains the different types of magnesium and why it's important to bio-availability to go with a good brand. You might also want to incorporate a good probiotic to reset your gut bacteria. Please don't take these steps though until you have consulted with a doctor to rule out other conditions and get the go ahead. Good luck!

Mikey Mantis 14 months ago

awesome artical that works!

First of all really appreciate these types of forums because it helps to understand that other people are going through the same thing and you are not going crazy. I like many other people here have a doctor who doesnt believe digestive disorders and heart palpitations are connected. in fact I recently got into an arguement with both the secretary and the dr. but that story is for another day.

Im 38 and was diagnosed with a small hh about 3 years. when I was diagnosed, dr gave me some acid blockers and told me to change my diet. during this time I had heart palpitations. once I had meds and dieted properly, my digestive issues disappeard and so did the palps. it took about 2 weeks to feel okay. then had another episode about a year later. at the time I was eating bad, stress etc, caused me to irritate my hh. I did the exact same thing to remedy the problem and I corrected myself again. took about 2 weeks again.

fast forward to 5 weeks ago and i had a really bad episode. same thing, forgot my diet, stress, and we just had a baby (our third) and you add the sleep deprivation and the stress of a newborn, bam you have the perfect storm. I had some chinese food, which I am certain had msg and pretty much after dinner, my system went crazy. heart racing, palps, but this time it felt different.. it was a lot more severe. I was also getting hot flashes, shortness of breath, dizziness. I tried to walk it off, but it wasnt going away. I was very scared as this was the first time I have felt this type of reaction... actually thought the worst quite honeslty. It landed me in the er. of course by the time I had gotten to the hospital I started to normalize and the dr who saw me suggested I get an echocardio and a halter monitor.

so no issues with the heart, which I knew but good to know this for peace of mind, but my digestive issues was causing the heart palpitations. so of course as per my last 2 episodes I went through the same solution. acid blockers and diet. this time it was taking longer and my symptoms were very heavy. in fact I got no sleep for the first 2 weeks. I would wake up several times through the night with heart racing, palps and at times felt I needed to go back to the er but I didnt.

I bought enzymes and that seemed to help. I continued with the strict diet and it helped. i went back to exercising and it helped. I started to ween off the acid blockers and now stopped them. Its been 5 weeks since my last episode and although I had improved greatly, I still had to be careful with what I ate and my palpitations would not go away.

that was until I read this article. I saw the ginger capsul suggestion and I immediately went to the health store to pick some up. I started to take some last night and today and I can honestly say today has been the best I have felt in the last 5 weeks. my palps are minimal and hope with continued ginger intake will eventually disappear. i do still have to be careful with my diet, but I am so happy that I feel hope with controlling the palps with the ginger. thank you deb!!!!!!

Deb 14 months ago

I am so glad you're finding relief ! I too took an acid reducer for years (Prilosec) and eventually got off it. Ginger, enzymes and hi quality mag work for me. Also take steps to rebuild your intestinal bacteria with yogurt , kefir or tablets. fYI - I don't think the link is on here anymore, but I wrote a book about resetting your system called Beat the Bloat. It can be helpful if you need abtotal reset

Mikey Mantis 14 months ago

Thx Deb. I will check it out!

I believe you said you take ginger 3 times with each meal.

Do you take enzymes regularly with each meal or only when you need it?

I believe you mentioned you take a hi quality mag daily correct? Do you take this because of the enzymes?

With yogurt, for the intestinal bacteria, is this plain yogurt with no sugar added?

Thx Deb.

Deb 14 months ago

I take one 550 mg ginger capsule with each meal and I also take one if I skipped a meal. I used to take enzymes with every meal but now I just use them with foods I know are a problem. The magnesium is to keep your system moving. Plain yogurt or kefir is best, or you can take a hi quality supplement.

Teresa Yang 14 months ago

Thank you so much Deb. I feel so blessed to find this site. Your sharing really relieves my frustration and anxiety. I have seen many cardiologists and GI doctors, but not much help. Could you please tell me which good brands of magnesium, ginger, digestive enzyme and probiotic? I will definitely try.

Thanks again.

Deb 14 months ago

Ginger capsules - grocery store brands are fine. magnesium is where you have to be careful - I use vital nutrients triple mag 250, one per day. enzymes - just check the label to confirm that they have the 3 different enzymes to handle protein, carbs and fat. Probiotic - the best thing is yogurt or kefir, otherwise you could use align.

lrschell50 14 months ago

Deb -

So glad to have found this post! 1 clarification please -- the vital nutrients triple mag 250 says that the serving size is 2 capsules but I believe you said to just take 1. Please clarify. Thanks!

Deb 14 months ago

Yes, I just take one. It speeds up your digestion so 2 would be too much for me.

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Erin Zak 14 months ago

This describes my situation perfectly! I have suffered from heart palpitations for 10 years. I just turned 30. Only recently have I noticed that the palpitations coincide with bad indigestion. I have seen multiple heart doctors and my primary care doctor, all who say my palpitations are normal, and my heart is just fine, aside from a soft systolic heart murmur, that I was told not to worry about. I have terrible indigestion. Everything gives me indigestion, and since moving to Thailand a few months ago, it has gotten even worse. Everything here is spicy or fried. I mean, EVERYTHING. It is very difficult to change my diet here, unless I want to eat plain white rice every day. I notice when I'm experiencing indigestion and lie down on my right side, I almost always experience 7-8 fast pounding heartbeats, followed by a long pause, which happens about 3-4 times consecutively, until I change my position. I'm convinced this position, along with the bloating is putting pressure on the vagus nerve. I am absolutely going to try the ginger capsules. I think I can find them here in Thailand. Thank you so much for this post! It really puts my mind at ease knowing others experience my symptoms, because everyone around me thinks I'm just being a hypochondriac about it.

Clinton 13 months ago

Hi Deb,

I have read your book and now looking for the right supplements to take. In New Zealand here I have found a good source of ginger but each capsule contains "Zingiber officinale rhizome dry (High Potency Ginger) 1000mg" - I know you mention that you take 550mg Ginger each time. Can I use the higher potency as above or is it too much ginger? Thanks

Deb Maselli 13 months ago

Hi Clinton - the one thing that would give me pause is that ginger has blood thinning properties so I'm not really sure what would be a safe upper limit to take 3 times a day every day. Have you tried ordering online?

Pam 13 months ago

I have had heart palpitations & digestive problems for years! I have diagnosed with systemic Candida's !also Mercury issues, which I found out can damage the vagus nerve! I have been eating organically for 35 years! I see a chiropractor once a month!whi has helped me where as My GP thru ins,,western medicine has done nothing but run test & tell me they will gives referral to mental health0orvput me on antidepressants !which I tried years ago & they didn't help! I'm now experiencing heart palpitations with Excursion & extreme muscle weakness !belching stops the palpitations! & the weakness goes away for awhile! But finding weakness is caused by excursion! Definitely related to vagus nerve! I can't take ginger as I am intolerant to it &my Chiropractor said no to plant enzymes right now because my gut is so inflamed !also had s fall& blow to the head about 1 month ago !can damage vagus nerve!inback to strict diet soup mainly ! Also have A hiatal hernia & acid reflux or Getd which was diagnosed with many years ago!anywsy I have done years of research on slit of these issues besides the vagus nerve just found that one !so it sounds like a lot of you may have Candida's as well! Which can cause all these symptoms as well ! & you may have Mecury issues as well ! find a good naturopathic or chiropractor! So good Luck to you all ! Only way I have gotten help is this way & Sites like theses! God Bless!

vat 13 months ago

I am feeling a discomfort on left side, just below the last rib bone. This is pronounced in the evenings on normal days. Sometimes all through the day.

Upper GI tests were clear and no ulcers. I lose sleep and feel giddy sometimes. To get sleep i was prescribed ecigres-cz.

Diastolic pressure is around 95-100 so I am advised to take amlong-H

Tim C 12 months ago

I suffer from recurring episodes of heart palpitations and very occasional bloating. I've been judged "officially" healthy with no diagnosible cardiac problems other than minor regurgitation in one heart valve. I've suffered from heartburn/reflux most if my adult life, but no hiatal hernia.

Chiropractic adjustment has proven most effective at relieving the palpitations and, surprisingly, the acid reflux. Two adjustments in one week tends to eliminate them for one to two months. I have ongoing issues with my cervical vertebrae.

Caffeine exacerbates my palpitations considerably. Reducing my total daily caffeine consumption to 100 mg or less has helped a lot. Also, for some reason I don't fully understand, a combination of vitamins D3, B12 and C seems to help. Not megadoses, just a few times the RDA once a day.

Swallowing cold liquids will invariably cause skipped or delayed beats in me. I once demonstrated this to an internist with a stethescope to my chest while I swallowed cold water. He looked me in the eye and said "coincidence... no connection". That's when I stopped seeing "real" doctors.

I haven't tried ginger or enzymes yet, but I plan to. Give caffeine reduction and a chiropractor a try. It can't possibly hurt you.

Terry 12 months ago

I'm so glad I found this site!! It's good to know what's going on with me. God bless you all for sharing your experience on this problem!!

Zack 12 months ago

This is a huge stress reliever stumbling across this forum, I'm 27 and I've been suffering with heart palpitations, skipping, flutters, bloating for at least 2 years now, sometimes I get a sharp shooting pain in my chest that can be relieved after a quick burp. I have found that it gets worse when I'm hungover - I'm sure it's related to anxiety/stress. I've had tests done and they have all come back stating that there are no issues but it's still not improving - if anything it's getting worse. What is your book called? I'll definitely try the enzyme/ginger advice as it sounds like it's helped out a lot of guys who have the same problem. It's good to know that I'm not the only one suffering with this as some people really don't understand it.

Deb Maselli 12 months ago

Hi Zack - it's called Beat the Bloat. Check with your doc and then try the ginger and enzymes. Of course, only you can do anything about being hungover, but if it's beer you're drinking then you might be sensitive to an ingredient.

Kent 12 months ago

Hi everyone finally i'm not feeling alone this kind of situation. all this issues related to me.i always research regarding my condition and i'm happy for this site very helpful to me actually i'm drinking a cup of ginger tea right now while reading from the start. I'm suffering almost a year and I will try your suggestion anyway thank you Deb.

Lynn 11 months ago

Oh my...Everything ive ben reading is me...palpitations are so off tomorrow to the Health shop..going to try these supplements..i too suffer with bloating..wind..etc...

Jerry 11 months ago

I've experienced everything most of you have mentioned, I've been to more doctors in the last few years then I have in the first 40 combined.

I'm a firefighter which is a bit stressful but I stay in good health, it started when I was told I had a small hiatal hernia. But I had a serious run after Chinese food that led to to see cardiologist all the way to the Mayo clinic. Everyone tells me I'm fine my hearts in great shape but I had severe reflux and needed to get that fixed.

Got the surgery and made things 1000 times worse, I can throw a thousand PVCs a day but as soon as my doc puts me on a holtor monitor I throw 40. Figures.

Anyway, this article is me 100% I took ginger and a probiotic as soon as I was done reading it. I hope it works, it will save me a ton in co pays.

Bless you all! I hope we all can stop these irritation PVCs .

Bradley Day 11 months ago

Where can I get these ginger capsules? Went through safeway and walmarts "supplement" sections and found none. I have no problem buying them off your site, thought I need to find where, but I would like to be able to go pick something up today if possible as well. These symptoms are relatively new to me but since the doctor's have found nothing with my heart and I'm waiting for my referrals to go through I have to try something while I wait. It has already changed the way I handle life especially in the evening and when I try to go to sleep.

Deb Maselli 11 months ago

You should be able to finger ginger capsules nearly anywhere. I buy them at Walmart, Rite-Aid, walgreens, CVS and my grocery store. Maybe call around to a few places?

lrschell50 11 months ago

Wanted to post a follow up -- finding the information posted here has made a HUGE difference in my life in just 2 months. I now carry ginger capsules and a digestive enzyme with me at all times. I have found that avoiding high FODMAP foods, limiting wine, eliminating dairy, along with taking the ginger/digestive enzyme/probiotic and triple mag has drastically reduced bloating and palpitations. Thank you so much for sharing this information!!

Deb Maselli 11 months ago

I'm so glad you are finding some relief! That's why I wrote my book and put up this article - so other people wouldn't have to spend years experimenting like I did.

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MizBejabbers 10 months ago

You're article validates a problem I started having after I had my first colonoscopy (incomplete) followed by barium x rays. I also have mitral valve prolapse, but I noticed the connection and brought it to the attention of a new doctor I'd just started seeing. He let me know that I must be crazy so I dropped him. I still have the gas palpitations and sometimes can't sleep because of them. Four days from now I'm having part of my colon removed for diverticulitis. I hope the palpitations go away then. This is a very good article.

Brandon 10 months ago

Suffered exactly this for years. Doctors, waste of time. The connection is clear to me. Also obvious that the digestive system is linked and that stress or long periods without enough sleep will start the Vegus nerve off. I suffer from MS too but either way Magnesium has been the best resolve for me so far and brings long periods without incident. The Ginger sounds like a great idea which I will now try. From my own experience .... (1) Sleep well (2) East sensibly, oh and magnesium (I use magnesium citrate 400mg per day).

kiwiolly 9 months ago

Have to add my recommendations for using Ginger. Very recently (2 months ago) discovered I had been suffering from skipped beats for an unknown time. For the past year I've been having acupuncture for relaxation and to treat what I perceived were digestive problems. Looking for relief I started taking digestive enzymes and a liver tonic plus after meals I would take a spoonful of Angostura bitters (gentian) plus would eat glace ginger or have a ginger wine. Now I know why this made me feel better. Being made aware now of what my pulse is doing when I get the odd feelings, I realise that these skips could have been occurring for a long time. Going on a diet I have lost weight over the past two years and this has made scars on my abdomen (from a cholecystectomy) very prominent and in the very area that I was having odd feelings. Vagus nerve involvement perhaps? My acupuncturist is working on these scars. I've had a HR monitor/ECGs done and seen various doctors which has showed no heart abnormality, telling me this is a common complaint! But very disturbing!! I am treating this with a herbal heart tonic containing hawthorne/garlic/cayenne plus motherwort which is used in Europe along with magnesium and I will definitely continue to eat ginger, use ginger in recipes and ginger tea is excellent too.

Grandma 4 9 months ago

A question for Deb - firstly I cannot thankyou enough for your wonderful advice re Ginger Digestive enzymes and Probiotics they have been real life changers for me with improving the bloat and reducing my vagally triggered Palpitations/AFib.

Can you help settle the abdominal bloating which seems reluctant to settle following overindulgence in pastry during the Christmas period - what do I need to do to get back the gut stability I was enjoying prior to this.

Deb Maselli 9 months ago

Hi Grandma 4 - possibly try adding a hi quality magnesium blend. I use vital nutrients triple mag 250. If your digestion is sluggish it will speed things up. It's important to use a high quality supplement, as there are different types of magnesium and the cheap ones do not absorb well. If your stool gets runny, don't take it everyday. Slowly, very slowly, add some fiber. Something like an apple would be a good choice as it will feed the good bacteria. As always, check with your doc before taking new supplements.

Grandma 4 9 months ago

Deb thankyou so much for your prompt reply! I'm sorry I forgot to mention I do take 400mg Chelated Magnesium in the evening with 60mg Diltiazem. I was taking Magnesium twice daily but found that it dropped my blood pressure making me feel lightheaded. Possibly I've been eating my usual fibre rich diet and not allowing my gut to settle adequately- I will have to look in your book for a slower intro back to full on fibre? What do you think ? Thankyou Deb.

jerry,this is the first positive response l have been told in 8 years of suffering, will try your advice, thanks. 9 months ago


Roger 9 months ago

I have been living with this nightmare for a long time. I have had so many test done to find a problem. Abdomen CT scans with contrast and without , EKG's , ECHO's , had two Endoscopy done with-in 5 years. Head CT scan, Blood work always comes back normal. Had just about it all. I am grateful that I always get good results but sad that they don't find anything. Sucks but I wanted them to find something so I can at least try to began healing. I really hope this works cause the anxiety and the depression I feel daily is really getting to me , causes anger and I feel sad and helpless. I have had 5 visits to the ER in the last 5 years just for them to tell me I suffer from stress. I tell them when I feel the palpitation and the bloating , that is what causes the stress and anxiety. Do I need to take the ginger pills with food ? Can I try them without food first? Also, can I take the Enzymes and the ginger pills at the same time?

Deb Maselli 9 months ago

Hi - you can take the ginger on an empty stomach - I take three a day, the first as soon as I wake up, without food,. Yes, you can take the enzymes with the ginger. Just get the okay from your doc to add these supplements first. I have a book on Amazon that I don't usually mention because it would be spammy, but you might want to have a look at it since this has been going on so long and it sounds like your GI tract needs a total reset - it's called Beat the Bloat. I hope you find relief! Deb.

Magdi ali 9 months ago

Thank you alot. You exactly descripred what happend to me. I am facing a heart palpitation, exactly a skipped beat. And i noticed that is connected with bloating and stomach gases. Once i change position or realease the gas by bloating the heart rate return normal. The question now is. Is there a problem may happened to the heart if this type of fluttering with stomach gases continou for a long time period?

Deb Maselli 9 months ago

Hi there - I'm not a doctor so I really can't answer that question. You should definitely speak with your GP and tell him what is going on.

Kathy 8 months ago

I just want to say thanks for writing this! You've helped ease my mind and confirm the pattern I suspected between GI issues and episodes of tachycardia. Excellent advice!

dolliedot1 8 months ago

I am so glad to have found this. Thank you. I have spent more time, money and tests in ER visits being told it is anxiety, when in fact I know all this starts in my upper stomach. I am going to try this treatment and hope to have my life back. I have been referred to psychiaters, cardiologists, and pschologists and I I know it is nit all in my head.

Thanks again. I bought tbe gingeroot capsules and enzymes and pribiotucs. I hope this will help.

dolliedot1 8 months ago

I am taking the magnesium glyconate. I understabd it is easuer on the tummy

Tom K. 8 months ago

I am so, so happy I found this site. In the past few years I have had a couple of bouts with this. I have the exact symptoms people are describing. I realized my heart was skipping a beat everytime my upper stomach area quivered by checking my pulse last year. Sometimes I would get dizzy also. Seems to be triggered by anxiety and stress which in turn of course upsets my gut. It has gone away in the past but this time it's been hanging on for weeks now. I'm 52 years old and there is no heart trouble at all in my family history. I fast walk about 30 miles a week and mountain bike on weekends so I'm not the least bit concerned about my heart health . Just went out and bought the ginger root 55o mg. I feel even better already knowing what this is, I'm sure now, what's causing it, and that I'm not alone with this issue.

joel 7 months ago

Curious if you think similar could be related to spikes in blood pressure (190/110) and also palpitation at the same time, near fainting type feelings? I've have 3 instances which have sent me to the ER but heart continues to check out fine. I'm a cyclist, so very fit and have been experiencing these near-fainting, tingling hands, run away Blood pressure after exercising which typically sends me to the ER. Thanks - your article is awesome!

Deb Maselli 7 months ago

I have not heard of spiked blood pressure due to an irritated vagus nerve, nor heard of it associated with exercise, moving around generally releases gas and let's pressure off the nerve. I would continue to follow up with your doctor. Have you had a stress test where the situation could be replicated

Wend 7 months ago

I have ginger extract which says 55mg equivalent to1100mg per tablet. It says to take one a day. Could I take three per day with meals or is that too much. Thanks

Wend 7 months ago

Sorry that should have said 55mg of ginger extract equivalent to 1100mg of ginger root.


Deb Maselli 7 months ago

I only have experience with root, not extract so I don't know if it would work the same. I also have never taken more than 3 550mg capsules. You should keep in mind that ginger has blood thinning properties so you don't want to go overboard. Find out what your doc thinks about extract.

Wend 7 months ago

Thank you for answering could you explain the difference between root and extract please

Deb Maselli 7 months ago

Root is ground ginger root - I don't know what extract is.

Wend 7 months ago

I tried googling it before I asked you some say it's the same very confusing but thank you again for answering

Deb Maselli 6 months ago

Ginger root is so inexpensive - why not just buy a bottle and then you'll know what your getting? Good luck!

Michele 6 months ago

Hi Deb !! I'm so happy I stumbled across this message board. My life has been pure hell . Same thing as everyone else. I've been suffering for 3 yrs with heart palps and racing heart rate. Spent hours researching the Internet. Mentioned the vagus nerve to my doc. Of course she laughed. Have been hospitalized only because I demanded all the tests on my heart because I was sure I was dying. It was horrible !! Anyway, I have learned tolerate the palps but I have anxiety and panic attacks when I'm far from hospitals because I'm scared my heart will stop. I recently started a pro biotic and it has helped a lot ! I still get them though. Oh and I forgot to mention that I've been taking prilosec for like 25 years for acid reflux. I tried to quit but my acid pumpers go crazy. I only take a half once a day. Is it safe to take the enzymes, ginger and mag with prilosec? I'm worried because the prilosec is an acid blocker. Man, I feel sorry for my poor gut. Anyway, thank you so much...everyone kept telling me stress and doctors were pushing anti depressants and Xanax which I refuse to take. I knew it had something to do with my stomach and you just verified it. Thanks again ! 6 months ago

Notice everybody's post is almost identical to eachothers with same symptoms,racing heart heart palps,tachycardia bloating ,gas ,acidreflux cardialogists ekg er visit we should all take these posts to these dumb doctors who refuse to connect the dots and help us,no were left with big bills and having to figure it out for ourselves,i was having anxiety due to my tachycardia when i went to bed everynight scared to death to go to sleep i was having panic attacks,only to be told heart is fine,my stomach looks like im nine months pregnant and been birping which came hand in hand with racing not afraid anymore because i know its my digestion.

Deb Maselli 6 months ago

Hi Michele - I too was on Prilosec but came to believe that a lot of stomach problems are caused by not enough acid as we age, even though it feels like there is too much. Do your best to get off it - ginger capsule 3 times a day and enzymes can really help. Check with your doc, but I took them both while on Prilosec

Michele 6 months ago

I usually order from Vitacost. I was looking for enzymes. No clue what to get. There are so many. Couldn't find the the triple mag either.

Deb Maselli 6 months ago

Vital nutrients triple mag is on amazon or the company's website. For enzymes, you are looking for a formula that includes enzymes for breaking Dow fat, protein and carbs.

Hamraj 6 months ago

Great post. Always stressed why and think I have a serious problem which doctors unable to diagnos. I am confident I am fine now. I have a gall stone which might be the cause of gas. But I am happy to know that nothing g is serious.

Louie 6 months ago

Hi Deb! Thanks for all this info! I have experienced mostly everything that everyone has mentioned on here for many years now. The only thing I have to add is that my jaw frequently locks on my left side along with a stiff neck like feeling on the left side as well. In reference to the Vagus nerve do you think these two added symptoms could be related? I've mostly learned to deal with all the other symptoms including palp, indigestion, bloating, acid reflux...etc the list goes on but it's really no way to live. I'm going to try what you've mentioned to everyone else and pray for relief. Thank you once again!

Deb Maselli 6 months ago

Hi Louie - I'm not sure - a locking jaw sounds like TMJ - have you seen a dentist about that? The ginger is anti- inflammatory and magnesium relaxes muscles so, who knows, they might help with your jaw.

Regi 4 months ago

Hello Deb! What a revelation this has been. I began to occasionally faint two years ago. I wore a heart monitor and it showed that I would have occasional pauses in my heart rhythms. Later the fainting stopped and I would then have occasional vagus nerve responses (tingling in the fingers with a warmth in the center of my body). I was seen by internists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and in the end they concluded it was indeed the vagus nerve. Throughout this process, whenever I had any vagus nerve responses it always seemed to coincide with upset stomach and bloating. Need did I imagine that the stomach issues might be more of a cause. I'm going to try the ginger and probiotics.

Deb Maselli 4 months ago

Don't forget enzymes, they can really help if you are not producing enough on your own. Good luck!

James 3 months ago

Dear Deb and all,

What you are describing is called Roemheld Syndrome ,discovered by a German dr about 100 years ago. Now in the US we are calling it cardio esophageal reflex, or gastrocardia.

- the primary problem is excess gas in the stomach and/or transverse colon.

The cause of the gas/air is lack of proper digestion(low enzymes and/or hydrochloric acid)

- bad gut flora and fauna causeing gas to build up in the digestive track

- slow gut motility

And finally, improper posture and breathing technique.

Treatment should include enzymes,ginger plus the following- SLIPPERY ELM, 5htp ,d-limonene, Beeno,betaine HCL (if low acid is the cause,and I believe for most of us it is),

And finally,you need to develop better posture and diaphragm breathing MUST become the norm. A weak diaphragm gets push up easily by the stomach into the heart area. This slows heart rate. Then to counter it the body releases adrenaline which makes you go tachy.

Better posture, shoulders pulled back- increases the space in your chest . Slouching compresses an already bloated area.

Also if you get this lie on your left side,so that the lower esophageal sphincter is above the fundus of the stomach. The goal is to burp out excess air that is trapped in the fundus .

My one area of disagreement with Deb is the idea that fiber will help. IMHO fiber will make the problem feel worse by giving you indigestible stuff that causes gas,which bloats you.

5htp creates seratonin . One of the off label uses of antidepressants is to counter gastroparesis . The selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors allow more seratonin in the body.

5htp helps the body make more seratonin and increase gut motility.

Also, activated charcoal pills absorb gas in the gut system.

D limonene creates a barrier near the L.E.S. to prevent acid reflux.

A few sips of ginger ale helps burp out the excess stomach gas- I use diet ginger ale.

Probiotics ,and I mean the good ones like VLS,help repopulate the gut with good bacteria and prevent gas build up.

Me, I take 10-14 betaine HCL with a high protein meal. I take digestive enzymes with lipase,protase amylase plus Beeno if I eat veggies or fruit. I take charcoal pills. I am trying to overcome years of bad posture and improper breathing. I have begun an intermittent fasting regime. I eat in a span of 8 hours,fast for 16. Dr Roemheld did not start out looking for this syndrome. He found it as he looked at the affects of caloric intake on HR.lower caloric intake lowers HR.

After meals my HR is not 130, but more like 90. I am less wiped out during the day and have more energy.

Make sure to breath and fix your posture.

Good luck to all.


Hoonta 3 months ago

I had many of the same symptoms and went to an internal medicine doc and a cardiologist and they both implied that I must be imagining my symptoms because they couldn't find anything wrong with me after an abdominal ultrasound and an EKG.

Then I went to a Naturopathic doctor who put me on a SIBO diet and gave me a SIBO test which turned out positive. The SIBO diet is pretty restrictive (no wheat, no rice, no grains, no potatoes, and more) but has made a HUGE difference in my symptoms. All bad symptoms and bloating and palpitations went away. Look it up!

Jenni 2 months ago

Wow! Amazed with all this! I've been having palpitations for about two years. Gotten everything check and my heart is perfect. I was always complaining of feeling super bloated after eating and you could see it looked like I was pregnant. Then two weeks ago I had really bad acid reflux heartburn to where I couldn't even drink water lost 8 pounds in 1 week and a half. And had the urge to keep burping and when I did it felt good. The Dr gave me protonix which I think has helped somewhat. But he always tries to push towards coming from stress. Also referred me to see a GI. Which he even said its stress. I feel these palpitations not everyday but when I do it freaks me out. When I bend I also feel it. I'm also very gassy! Definitely going to try the ginger!

bob 2 months ago

For those interested in the history of this information read Roemheld Syndrome (RS) wiki etc. 1871-1938

After suffering gastro probs all my life (carbohydrate dyspepsia???)and getting worse 2 yrs ago- increased burping, gas pains, bloating, with onset of flutter I tried many dietary solutions. The one that works for me is very simple- no refined or loaded carb foods (bread, rice etc etc) only carbs are in salad veges and weeds (yes all 50 of them I consume). I also take 25-50 mg of erythromycin (as a gut kinetic) as needed. All digestive symptoms resolved in 2 weeks after 80 yrs of discomfort. No recent episodes of flutter now. The moral of the story- don't give up- keep trying different solutions for resolution of gut probs.

Winnie 2 months ago

Thanks so much deb, and James your post was so spot on, especially the stomach pushing on diagram into heart causing tachycardia, when I go to sleep at night and lay on my stomach,I wake up with racing heart, as soon as I switch positions and lay on right side, it slows right down, been going through this for over a year, trips to er for racing heart only to be told its anxiety. Started ginger yesterday with slippery elm and enzymes, probiotics, much better night almost perfect. Could h pylori also cause stomach gas? Can you naturally rid stomach of h pylori?

Deb Maselli 2 months ago

Hi Winnie not sure about h pylori - it's my understanding that you can get tested for it and take antibiotics to knock it out, but ask your doc. I take the ginger at least 3 times a day, spaced out, plus enzymes with my green smoothie, though I took enzymes with every meal to start, plus hi quality magnesium like triple mag 250 to keep everything moving. Good luck!

Sonja 2 months ago

Hi Deb I just wondered if drinking ginger tea would have the same benefit as the capsules.

Deb Maselli 2 months ago

Absolutely tea will work- just get a high quality brand made with real ginger.

Russ 2 months ago

Hi everyone. I am so glad to have found this site. My cardiologist also told me palps were not related to my gas and burping. I know it is. I will try the suggestions and report back. I did write a food diary a few years ago and found that corn causes my gas and palps. I cant eat fritos, tacos, soft drinks, corn cereal, or anything with corn. Warning, corn is in almost everything.Just read the labels and you will see. For those with episodes that come and go, I highly recommend a food diary and circle the days with bad palps and gas. I recently took my wife to a hibachi restaurant and have been having severe gas and flutters. I hope this site can help people, because egotistical doctors have basically labeled us crazy or anxious and have abandoned us with this condition.

James 2 months ago

Winnie, the triple antibiotic course for h Pyl. Is only about 30-40 percent effective. Mastic gum,black seed (cumin?) oil and broccoli extract all have higher percentage of cure rates. Also the triple antibiotic will kill off most good gut bacteria. H Ply has developed resistance to antibiotics.

Now, I do not know if the cause is h ply. I suspect it is but am not certain.

Winnie 2 months ago

Thanks james , had bad night last night, but had creamy parmesan dairy based dressing on salad ,and stomach was bloated ,maybe it contained gluten too, buzzing feeling in my body too, I feel like I'm electric........too much adrenaline???? Adrenaline reaction from food allergen???? Uuugh this is becoming a vicious cycle . maybe I need the beeno that you suggested to bring gas down and better enzymes ,suggestions on any???? What has seemed to help you the most?

Deb Maselli 2 months ago

Hi Winnie - I have had that buzzy electricity feeling in the past and I do connect it to gut problems. If low enzymes are your problem then taking a high quality brand with three types to address protein carb and fat with every meal will have an immediate effect.

Winnie 2 months ago

Thanks deb, you don't think the buzzing is adrenaline,but gut related?didn't think of that!I have been under so much stress I figured my nervous system is on overdrive and releasing too much adrenaline, just a hunch though. I will look to getting better enzymes. Thanks for all this information, it helps reading that other people are experiencing the same thing.

Pratap Singh 8 weeks ago

Great to find this site. I am 56 year old and quite active physically, walk about 6 km daily. I have experienced that when I occasionally play badminton or tennis I experience bloating soon after playing accompanied by high heartbeat and belching lasting for long time--more than half an hour. I do not have this condition during brisk walk for more than one and half hour. I will greatly appreciate any idea about the causes, and suggestions to deal with the problem.

Deb Maselli 8 weeks ago

I cannot comment on the cause - have you seen a doctor to rule things out? If so and you have been told there's nothing wrong with you - I would try ginger 550 mg a day and enzymes with every meal. Check with a doc first

Ana 8 weeks ago

My Vagus Nerve acts up when I get really bad stomach pain with diarrhea, I get heart palpitations, nauseous, dizzy, cold sweats and block out. it does not happen often it only happened twice in the last 3 years. The symptoms subside once my stomach empties. usually take two trips two the bathroom to stop the stimulation. any advice on how to prevent this from happening again? I have read blogs with people who have chronic diarrhea and suffer from this on a daily basis. That is horrible. Reading those blogs gave me really bad anxiety.

Deb maselli 7 weeks ago

Ginger 550 mg 3 times daily may help as it tends to calm not only the vagus but the digestive system as well. Check with your doc that it's okay for you

James 7 weeks ago

Btw Deb,

Thank you for this website/blog.

Deb Maselli 7 weeks ago

Thanks James!

Annette 7 weeks ago

I finally got the wording just right to find this site and have been devouring every comment. Had a heart ablation last year after 3 years of dealing with atrial fib including 2 cardioversions. The ablation has helped immensely but I am finding real relief by control my gut inflammation. Has anyone addressed the role of adrenal fatigue and the effects it has on diminishing stomach acid production? or gastric retention/vagus nerve relationship?

Deb Maselli 7 weeks ago

I have not, but I spent years on Prilosec, until I realized that lowering stomach acid just compounded the problem

aekastar 7 weeks ago

Thanks for this article! I read it about a week ago and so far have ginger tea and it's been helping a little. I have one and a half cups before my first meal which calms me down. I plan to get digestive enzymes next, are chewables okay? I plan to practice on swallowing pills, but it may take me awhile and I'd just like something to try.

My symptoms started a little more than 3wks ago and it started after I drank apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach. I got extreme heartburn and IBS... I thought it'd be a one off, but my stomach was thumping so bad all day. ever since then, every day I wake up with the same thumping feeling and dread. I tend to level out after the first meal, but if I try to just chill in bed for even a little while, the feeling increases and causes a lot of anxiety. sometimes it shows up earlier and interrupts my sleep, so I haven't had good quality sleep either. it's made me cranky and emotional. I may need something for sleep, too pretty soon. my diet's also been pretty limited 'cause I have no appetite. I have to force myself to eat each meal mostly so the symptoms die down... most of the time I just eat plain white rice with some himalayan sea salt on top, some fruit both in whole and juice form and crackers w/jam. that's about all I can handle. each time I think about adding back some of the food I used to eat, I get extreme panic like I'm afraid my digestion can't handle it. it's sad... my mom was eating onion rings one night and I just stared at them and smelled them 'cause I didn't think I could handle the breading/oil. it generally was difficult even before the issue to eat those. I've had IBS/digestion issues for awhile now, but the heartburn and current daily morning issue is new -- before, I only had episodes maybe once a month. beyond the thumping, I also get gurgling often; not loud gurgles, but little bubbles. it could be my diet change and not directly related, but each time it does that I think "oh no, I'm going to begin feeling ill again" since in the morning when it gurgles it makes me feel queasy. smells also bother me and taste since now I get more backtaste. I burp a lot more too. sometimes I take a rolaids, but have been trying to ween myself off of them; I still took one earlier in the evening which probably wasn't the best idea 'cause I feel acidic again and can't sleep now. oh yeah, I also only bloat up by nighttime but it disappears in the morning. anyway, I hope this method helps me... either way it was very comforting to read both the article and comments to see that a lot of us have these issues even if not 100% the same... my mom's been telling me my vagus nerve is out of whack for ages 'cause of my extreme anxiety, ahah.

I'm 35 years old.

Deb Maselli 7 weeks ago

Hi - you have so much going on that I'm going to do something I don't usually do - refer you to my book. It's called Beat the Bloat (it's on Amazon) and it focuses on managing these symptoms and resetting the digestive system.

Adrian 7 weeks ago

Hi Deb... I get the bloating etc and the palpitations. Mine are from my back being out of place particularly T9. Theraflex treatment at my physio straightens out my back and bingo.. no more bloating or palps. Just thought this may help.

Mal 7 weeks ago

I found this site 9 month ago. For the past 10 years I have experienced the odd aff episode and with the first episode I ended up in Emergency. I have pleaded with my GP, cardio and gastrologist to explain why my heart gets out of rhythm when my stomach was gurgling and bloated. The doctors were annoyed and would not give a satisfactory response.

I solved the problem by trying to discover why I was continually feeling bloated. The solution was no to eat nuts. For 35 years I have snacked on nuts 2 or 3 times a day.

My heart has not once been out of rhythm in the past 9 months.

Phil 7 weeks ago

Just came across this discussion. It has taken me 30 years to identify the solution to the periodic palpitations I experience; and with no help (in fact the opposite) from the mainstream medical profession. The big step was realising the issue was the vagus nerve and not the heart itself (i.e. it was the accelerator pedal and not the engine that was the problem). The next step was identifying why the nerve was being irritated which I realised was linked to my digestion (note I have always been underweight but otherwise fit). The answer was found following a very detailed faecal analysis which found an excess of bad bacteria, candida and parasites - all of which were causing bloating. I'm working my way through the solutuions to sort these (anti-biotics followed by pro-biotics and tons of grapefruit seed extract). The improvement has been amazing and I am back training hard. However, the next question is why had my gut become so infected? My current thinking is too little stomach acid is the root cause of everything. This allows nasty bugs to prosper and also creates undigested food to generate gas which causes more bloating ..... and the cycle continues. I'm finally on the mend but I'd been told this 30 years ago.

Tim 7 weeks ago

I've suffered from heart palpitations for the last three years. And severe heartburn for the last 20 years I've been to the emergency room at least 5X with heart palpitations so severe I had to take an ambulance. I have had every test done EKG treadmill heart monitor you name it I was placed on Metro propanol nothing helped. The heartburn medication I had to take daily for years. Then finally I was tested for celiac disease and I tested positive I cut gluten out.. the second day my heart palpitations stopped I haven't had heartburn since.. that's been about 6 months now . I haven't felt this good in the last 20 years I am now 56 years old and I feel like a new man least give it a try you got nothing to lose

Russ 6 weeks ago

I made a commitment to return and share my experiments. First, let me tell you what I was going through. My stomach was irritated and I had a lot of pressure in my abdomen and chest. Palps were almost continuous. I couldn't sleep very well. I had a constant need to burp which gave some relief. The apple cider vinegar with mother was my first experiment. I completely and wholeheartedly want to warn all about this remedy. It burned like fire and caused my heart to go into overdrive. Increased heart rate with continuous palps. Sometimes I think it was a practical joke on people such as ourselves. My next experiment was magnesium glycinate and omeprazole. I started with 400 mg of magnesium and 20 mg of omeprazole daily. The magnesium had a calming effect that was unexpected and the omeprazole stopped the burning and pressure in my abdomen and chest. All of the symptoms started to go away and my heart was beating normal most of the time. This didn't happen instantly. It took about 2 days for full effect, but I did notice some relief at the start and gradually increased daily. Too much acid or not enough? In my case, I believe my stomach was irritated and producing too much acid. I would have tried ginger, but all ginger causes heartburn that I can't tolerate. I read that someone suggested Zantac (Ranitidine) instead of omeprazole. I tried this because you can take 1 in the morning and 1 at bedtime. I can honestly report after years of suffering that I currently have very few palps in a 24 hour period. My stomach doesn't burn, the gas and burping are gone. I sleep well at night. I don't feel my heart pounding in my chest. My heart rate is lower than it used to be. All of this relief because of magnesium and Zantac. But, this started with people who care enough to share their experiences with us. This remedy may not work for you, but I suggest that you try something instead of nothing. Please check with your doctor before trying new medicines or supplements. I did and he said try it. I sincerely hope that I can help someone with this issue, because this condition took my desire to live away from me. Good luck and please share your experiences with others because too many people don't report back and leave others to suffer with no relief.

Deb Maselli 6 weeks ago

The magnesium not only has a calming effect on muscles, but it also speeds up transit time in the gut, which reduces bloating and pressure on the vagus

Javier 6 weeks ago

Thanks to all for this very useful and enlightened post, especially Deb and James (your post is just spot on). Excuse my English, is not my mother tongue and maybe I don't express my experience correctly. Sorry for the long post but I haven’t found too much information about this topic on Internet and think a long description will be helpful.

Quoting James, "after years of bad posture and improper breathing" (computer professional and fan) and stressful job (24x7) I had a presyncope a few months ago. Before that I’ve been having digestive problems but never thought about linking these two events, nor me or the specialist I’ve seen.

After the presyncope other events have follow (one or two every few weeks): dizziness, lightheaded, shortbreath (difficult to breathe) and the worse, the so called “chest flutter”. Chest flutter, palpitations are words than don’t describe truthfully the diying sensation you feel when it triggers. Usually it happens at rest, seated slightly bend over, after lunch or in the evening; and only lasts for a few seconds. The fear makes you jump out of the chair and take a deep breath, your heart rate spikes and adrenaline kicks in which I think makes it brief.

I’ve been taking betablockers (Bisoprolol) for almost 10 years due to high blood pressure so when I discussed this episode with my cardiologist the first thought was checking for arrhythmias. After EKG, echocardiogram, 48 hours holter, complete blood analysis (including thyroid markers), pulmonary function tests, abdominal sonography, cranial CT, pancreatic specific fecal markers, parasites and probably others checks I don’t even remember; good news, nothing comes out, but symptoms persisted.

Family Doctor, Cardiologist and Gastroenterologist agreed in diagnosing an anxiety disorder which was causing functional symptoms, so I was putting on benzodiazepines, antidepressants (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and more betablockers to control blood pressure and heart rate spikes. It’s true I had an anxiety problem but was caused by the fearful and recurrent symptoms, until you get used to them and begin to understand what is happening the stress causes anxiety symptoms that probably get mixed with the parasympathetic and neurological related.

Because I wasn’t getting better I started to look for information on Internet but there is a lack of information related to the whole picture and is easy to get caught in simpler (or more complicated if you wish) and partial explanations to your symptoms, until if you are lucky get to this brilliant article and all the useful and enlightened comments (thanks to all for taking time giving information and sharing experiences) so I decided to share my experience and my conclusions.

For me (I think) James have nailed it, I’ve been years seated or reclined bent over at the diaphragm and poorly breathing (shallow and fast instead of deeper and long), add some sort of digestive problem (I don’t know yet which one) that makes me gassy (few burps and a lot of foul smelling gas) which add a social component to your stressful life.

Now I’m trying TaiChi, Qi-Gong (Chi-Kung) and Yoga; training my breath (meditation) and a more active life (walking everywhere, outdoors activities and sports). These changes alone have relieved my anxiety and put my blood pressure and heart rate under control. Although the digestive and functional symptoms haven’t disappeared I feel better and I think I’m putting all pieces together to find an explanation and a possible course of action. I’m trying the magnesium supplement and stop having dairy products to check if my gastric problems are relieved.

I hope this long post been useful and help someone as Deb and the other posters have helped and enlightened me. I wish everyone find their way to a remedy that ease your life.

Keywords: Parasympathetic Nervous System, Betablockers and Vagal Response, Dizziness, Heart Flutter, Palpitations, Hiatal Hernia, Gastric Reflux (GERD), Vagus Nerve Irritation, Bloating, Gurping, Gassy (Foul Smelly Gas), Splenic Flexure Syndrome, Gut Bacteria, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ginger, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Postural Triggers (Bend Over, Lay Dow, Stand Up), Magnesium Supplement, Food Allergies, Bowel Movements (Stools), Diarrhea, Constipation, Esophageal Reflex, Gastrocardia, Gastroparesis (Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), Bad Posture and Improper Breathing, Roemheld Syndrome, Functional Neurological Symptoms.

Deb Maselli 6 weeks ago

You could also add ginger 550mg 3 times per day and high quality digestive enzymes and see if they help.

Sue 6 weeks ago

Same story , heart palpitations after food with lots of belches, emergency room for "afib". Conventional doctors have both told me there's nothing wrong and that my idea of the palpitations being related to vagal aggravation are ridiculous! I can't eat any thing with corn( most corn is grown with an evil chemical called Glyphosate.) This chemical kills off the flora in your gut as well as the weeds in the cornfield. Once you have the disbiosis it's hard to get back to normal. The ginger does help, as well as good probiotic supplements and magnesium. Also, you must avoid the things that trigger it. Often, gluten containing foods, (even organic), are the trigger. The overwhelming consensus of this page is that it's real, and you can be well from your own effort.

mark 5 weeks ago

Same as everyone else here,so guess if im crazy i got neighbors. I had 6 heart att over the last 20yrs, been thru hell and back, picked up copd as added benifits, afib/palps been the norm here, had the newest stem cell dance as well injected stem cells right into my heart, just before i went limp on the table doc whispers {you gonna breath like a young man again}gotta say seems he is a man of his word,to bad he dont know this vagus nerve deal better, ill be after ginger and probiotics fast so i can get my dr on track. ILL BE BACK.

Deb 5 weeks ago

Mark - I am guessing that with your history you are on some medications. Ask your doctor before starting any supplements. Ginger has blood thinning properties, magnesium effects muscles, including the heart. Get cleared before you experiment

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Lynn Law-Poley 5 weeks ago

I am wondering if I have irritated or damaged my vagus nerve for good? A couple of years ago I purchased a couple of underwire bras that were a band size too small. I carry alot of weight around my middle, in front, sides and back. I also do a job that can be very physical in that I assist people to get showered and dressed that cannot do it themselves. Between wearing this too tight bra, which was very definitely digging into me, and yes while working and working with a paraplegic client over a 6 day period, I stained a muscle running along side of my ribs on my left side,during the same time I was wearing the tight bra. After about 5 or 6 days, I noticed firstly that my side was quite sore and secondly I began having 'thud' like or grabbing like palpitations that were occurring quite often. Of course I panicked and I have no doubt that didn't help. After about 4 or 5 days I began to notice alot of the time,not always, I would be gassy or burpy and have acid reflux, around the same time as the palps. I also a few days after this began to notice that when I got into comfy clothes at the end of the day, that the palps got much better. Needless to say I connected the dots and after some days the palps stopped. Over the past 2 years though I have reinjured that muscle and when I do I notice it gets irritated or sometimes the way I may lay on my left side,it does as well. Now, for the past 24 hours, after eating a large lunch and then stupidly putting on very tight waisted jeans, the palps have begun again, only seemingly worse. Still burpy but not as much, palps more often, same 'thud' like or grab like feeling, gassy some, some reflux as well . Slept horribly last night for the anxiety of it all. Is there any relieve from it? Is there something I can do to fix the irritated vagus nerve? It scares me to death!! Thank you.

Tim 5 weeks ago

Gluten free gluten free gluten free look up heart palpitations and gluten I'm telling you I'm a new man try it for one week

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Lynn Law-Poley 5 weeks ago

Tim are you referring to my post, or in general to all?

Deb Maselli 5 weeks ago

Hi Lynn - I'm guessing you're a CNA. Did you have a doctor check all of these symptoms to rule out other causes? For me, I find the consistent use of ginger tabs, magnesium and enzymes most helpful in keeping things calm. You can read through the comments for doses- I have posted them many times

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Lynn Law-Poley 5 weeks ago

Hi Deb...I am what is referred to as a Personal Support Worker but similar to a CNA. Actually at the time, and this past 24 hours, no I did not consult with my doctor.....I was at emerg this past December due to going into hyperthyroid and having had a nasty panic attack and all was fine in so far as my heart. Approximately 3 weeks ago had an updated blood work up done. The symptoms were timed too much for all that occurred and pretty much disappeared after discovering what was causing them. As for this latest episode, it too is with many other blogs including this one, reacting in panic proves to make it all worse, and that is sadly how I tend to react. I was more looking for some confirmation that in fact the things I described, could in fact cause vagus nerve palpitations. I am a very healthy, albeit overweight person, who is very aware of my health. I just find the biggest issue is reacting in anxiety and fear. Thank you for your response and I will read through the comments.

Tim 4 weeks ago

Lynn I was referring in general.. I've been through this so many years did Ginger the probiotic on and on and on just (Google heart palpitations and celiac disease) I bet half of you will be cured like I was I haven't had a heart palpitation since the second day I cut out gluten. I thought the gluten thing was some kind of fad boy was I wrong it's poison to some of us. Just trying to help save time for some people all the years of magnesium probiotics Ginger blah blah blah if anybody gets tested and it helps please post

Tim 4 weeks ago

Also Lynn celiac disease can cause anxiety and depression cut out gluten for a week and tell me how you feel

Deb Maselli 4 weeks ago

Tim - I am glad you identified gluten as the problem in your own particular case, but avoiding gluten is not the solution for many people.

Ian w 4 weeks ago

Have had all these symptoms for years with all the the treatment with no results and was really getting quite depressed, have tried the ginger tablets and after 2 weeks have not felt this good for years!!!!

I'm not the type to write a post but I just had to, It felt like my life was being slowly stolen from me, but know I'm getting it back!!! Thank you!!!

Deb Maselli 4 weeks ago

I am so glad for you, Ian!

Rich L 4 weeks ago

Firstly Deb (and James for identifying Roemhelds) thanks so much for helping us all not feel so isolated. As soon as I found this forum I knew I had discovered the root of my issues. I too had ended up in the cardiac care unit and had months of misery and multiple hospital and GP visits trying to get to the bottom of things. I'd surmised that the Vagus nerve was involved. I felt constantly on edge and had shoulder pain and irritation. The vagus was the only thing I could find that connected all of the symptoms. Finding this forum confirmed this and is leading me to the root cause(s).

I have found the mainstream doctors in the UK to be great, though like many, unaware of Roemheld Syndrome. I've had everything checked and similar to others have received a pretty much clean bill of health. I am currently under a Gastroenterologist and cardiologist (my heart seems to be fine). I have discussed Roemhelds with the Gastro doc and he was great, undertaking research and agreeing that this perfectly matched my symptoms. He's put me on amytriptilene for a month, to calm things down. He also thought the ginger was a good idea, so I'm taking this too. A week in and I'm not feeling like I'm going to have an event, which is great. The bloating has lessened, though it still has it's moments, and the palps have all but stopped. I'm looking at the next few weeks as an opportunity to identify trigger foods and combinations. Once I'm done with the meds I will move on to the regime recommended by Deb in her book.

I'll check back in and let you know how I get on. I've had a lifetme of stomach issues and, looking back, I believe this issue has been building for the last three years, so I'm not expecting a quick fix. I've also taken up yoga and am practicing diaphragm breathing (check out youtube for this) and am getting massages on the shoulder and neck.

BTW...The podcast on is really worth a listen.

Thanks again, and all the best to everyone.

IloveBosco 4 weeks ago

I have heart pounding every day. I can feel the throbbing in my stomach, neck, chest or head different places at different times. I can also hear it pounding in my ears (pulsatile tinnitus). At night, it will wake me, and soon I'll feel an adrenaline rush. The pounding takes about an hour to lessen enough so I can sleep. Doctors say my heart is fine. I also have GERD and take generic Rolaids + 125 mg of magnesium taurate a day. I feel heavy fatigue every afternoon. I've tried ginger tea, and it always gives me stomach aches. Might be from the reflux, not sure. I take a probiotic each day too, which has helped with my irritable bowel problem. I'd like to know the names of the enzymes I might try to take. Can you help? Thanks.

Deb 4 weeks ago

Any brand hi quality enzymes, just be sure that they are complete and it says on the label that they include enzymes for protein, carbs and fat. Take them before each meal. If you are low on enzymes you will get immediate relief. Re ginger - try the capsules. I can't drink the tea either

irene thornton gray 3 weeks ago

Hi i have been suffering with racing heart, i would go to bed, and be woke to this and gases in stomach, burning badly up and down below, it would happen once a month maybe, it would race 16o, my husband would take me to hospital, where they would give m tamazapan , cause i was panicking aswell, going dizzy, with tingling arm and neck, anyways i have had camera down, Mri scan, for gallbladder, stress tests, even sent for an ANUGRAM to heart, even though i told doctors it happens when i get gasses, they said RUBISH, anyways the outcome, all had echos ecg machine tests, and heart monitor, i have been told everything fine nothing wrong, i am taking blood thiners, heart regulator tablets, xnax, and spasmasole, for ibs, and panatrozole, WHY the heart regulators , and thiners I DONT KNOW, !!!!!!! So i still have pounding in stomach, and around heart, haven't had a race of heart for 4 month, i go for result of heart monitor on 5 october, i know for a fact there was a few heart pounding going on when i had it on through the night, see what they say, honestly i have never been ill in my life , i have changed all my diet, no alcohol, milk, fizzy drinks, coffee, and i only eat fish or chicken done in water with carrots GOOD EH, sick to death, of it, i did go through a loss in my family which has effected me, and i may have a bit of stress , but nothing i can put all this down to, another symptom, is feeling tired all the time, dry mouth and tongue when i wake up in morning to, and i am frightened to do exercise now cause on the trend mill makes the gases come on in stomach, when i go to doctor i am telling him of this article, and i want off all these tablets, and going to take what you say, all on here soundslike me, going t read your book too thank a lot for reading this xxx

Deb 3 weeks ago

Hi Irene - get your final test results and then ask the doc about trying ginger, enzymes etc. good luck!

Raj 3 weeks ago

Hi i am having these symptoms since two months now, end up in er 2 times... everything seems fine as per doctors. My t3 is slightly elevated.i have GERD.i m 194 pounds 5.4 in height and 34 yrs old.i can relate my syptoms to this post,i get to scared when i feel the palpitations.

Scott 3 weeks ago

Great forum - I too will try the Ginger. But one thing that is not mentioned very much is the use of Alcohol, Caffeine and weight control. If I don't watch these I can go for three months and then I'm on the couch for three days. This just happened and I know I haven't been monitoring my alcohol and caffeine intake, I think it is mostly alcohol. Thanks, again

Dolores 3 weeks ago

I have been in tge ER 4 times this year and several times in previous years. Had cardio check up. ECG, ultrasound, monitor, etc. iI am 5.1 in height and weigh 100 lbs. I do not drink nor smoke and I am pretty active fir my 74 years of age.

I notice I get these palpitations at times when I have a tight stomach, like a tight band under the ribs and indigestion. Every time I went to ER that was my complaint and they dismissed it to anxiety. Of course it was anxiety caused by the dact that my heart would race at 130+ due to this sudden tightness and started skipping beats. Asked about the vagus nerve and pissible cayse and was told no way. Get this when I bent at times also or wear tight garments.

helpiminpain 2 weeks ago

I'm still trying to get diagnosed, but I'm thinking this is my problem. I'm nauseous with heart palpitations after eating and it feels like a rock is in my stomach. I have changed my whole diet to organic and gluten free. I'm taking mega doses of probiotics and digestive enzymes. One thing that did help me immensely was going to a chiropractor. My spine is really out of wack and when a nerve is pinched it can mess up everything!! I can't believe how much better I feel in 2 days. Not totally normal, but much better.

Tim 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the brilliant observation Deb I don't remember saying it was.

Winnie 9 days ago

hi deb, I just wanted to thank you for opening this site, just to HELP us all, and try to alleviate some of our suffering , some other sites want a lot of money just to talk to someone who has been through this ,and wants to offer her suggestions, but for a whole lot of money per half hour. You however, just want to help us for nothing, no profit at all!!!thank you so much!may god bless you for this!

Xtal Khoo 8 days ago

I suffered frm palpitation 20 years ago while I was about 30 plus. It started during dawn after I eased myself. The feeling was horrible, the heart was beating so fast that the feeling was like going to die. I felt dizzy.

Since then, it recurred many times and it can happened anytime and anywhere. I lost more than 10lbs during that period.

I had visited many doctors and heart specialist, many static ECG were done + stress test with dynamic ECG and the heart was found normal ( I was confident with my heart as I was a badminton player).

The problem came on and off for about 2 years until when I suffered a gastric problem and the treatment was given, the heart palpitation disappeared by itself.

20 years later, it came back again after I took isotonic drink during my night badminton session and went to sleep immediately. Subsequently it occurred few more times. Heart specialist gave me a portable unit to monitor the heart but it was unable to find any abnormality.

However, with the previous experience, I was confident that this was not the heart problem and I focus on treating my GI (as subsequently I have indigestion problem). After I was prescribed with anti spasm and antacid. The problem went off.

From my own analysis, the palpitation was due to indigestion, gas in the stomach & GI spasm ( due to food and stress). This caused the heart to palpitate (none of the doctors I visited agree to this ). I had read some Chinese medical digests and it was mentioned that, yes, yr GI problem will cause heart palpitation.

Thus if u have palpitation due to unknown reason after rule out the heart problem, then u need to focus on treating yr GI. Do not get panic when it strike u as it will cause the heart to beat even faster. Calm down , massage yr stomach and intestine area, start with small circulation motion from center to whole stomach in clockwise motion (looking from front). When massage, u need to press in and feel with yr fingers and most probably u will feel some lumps , slowly massage it until the lump disappear and u will hear liquid movement inside. After a while , u will find gas pass out and u will feel comfortable and most probably yr palpitation will also go off. U can also massage yr hand , frm wrist to elbow area (interior), this is the meridian which control the heart beats. After a few stroke s of massage, the heart beats will start to slow down.

The above was my personal experience and I sincerely do hope that this sharing can help many of u that suffered from the same problem.

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Kathy Howard 2 days ago

So glad i found this site i have been sick with PAC'S and PVC's having them daily all day for about 2 weeks. I was admitted to hosptal and had all the necessary tests last week. i am still having them but not as bad. I have noticed they seem to come on when i eat so i started a search and found this site. I too have bloated feeling after eating along with heartburn and gas. I am gonna try the ginger for sure and i wondered if fresh ginger root would be the same as the pills thanks and thanks for starting this site. Good to know im not alone in this .

Deb 2 days ago

Hi Kathy - I'm sure fresh ginger would be just fine - I just don't know what would be an equivalent amount to the 550mg capsules.

sue 2 days ago

I've had all these symptoms, have gone to ER many times for at least 45 years without doctors acknowledge any desease going on with me. Only last year I started going gluten free. It took whole 3 months for my symptoms to start get to get better, though not completely gone and I felt better and better up to now. My psoriasis got better by 90 percent and I feel my healing process is still going on. I will add ginger capsules to my diet and wish everone luck.

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