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By Dr Kanchan M Bhambare
Cardiologist
Published on 11/07/2022

Article Context:

  1. Heart palpitations
  2. Acidity
  3. Heartburn
  • Nowadays acidity or heartburn are common symptoms that every individual is facing in their everyday lives. These symptoms affect both men and women together and also people of all age groups, mostly adults.
  • But do acidity and heartburn result in heart palpitations? Let us find out -

    Heart palpitations

  • When palpitations occur a person feels as if the heart is pounding, throbbing, or racing. The sensations are mainly felt in the neck, throat, and chest.
    The heart's beating may be normal or abnormal during palpitations. Although the palpitations appear abnormal or worrisome, they are often harmless.
  • Heart palpitation causes

    The causes of heart palpitations include -
    • Caffeine
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Exercise
    • Fever
    • Anemia
    • Dehydration
    • Blood loss
    • Pregnancy
    • Nicotine
    • Alcohol
    • Low levels of sugar, potassium, oxygen.
    • Less carbon dioxide in the blood
    • Emotional factors, such as stress, fear, anxiety, and being panic

    Acidity

  • Acidity or acid reflux is a familiar digestive disorder affecting many Indians. It takes place when the gastric glands generate an excessive amount of acid in the stomach, more than what is required.
    There is a burning type of sensation on top of the stomach, or beneath the breastbone.
    Acidity is a very common thing in India mainly due to the high intake of spicy and oily foods.
  • Other causes include -
    • Excess alcohol consumption
    • Obesity
    • Eating non-vegetarian food
    • Pregnancy
    • Women nearing menopause

    Acidity and heart palpitations

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or chronic acid reflux can often exhibit feelings of chest tightness or a burning sensation in the chest. At times the burning sensation disappears and then restarts, which can cause discomfort.
    All of a sudden restarting of GERD symptoms indicates a heart palpitation symptom, but GERD does not give rise to it. Heart palpitations are not associated with eating foods and can occur at any time of the day.
    Occasionally, the pain from chronic acid reflux can be misinterpreted as chest pain leading to anxiety, which then gives rise to a short burst of heart palpitations. But according to a recent study people with GERD can have a high possibility of having heart-related problems.
  • Heartburn

  • Heartburn is mild to severe pain, a burning feeling in the chest, at the back of the breastbone. The pain occurs when stomach acid goes reverse in the esophagus; the pain may also radiate to the throat or neck.
    The word “heartburn” is often confusing, as the heart has no link with it. The pain is usually mistaken for heart attack pain.
    Heartburn causes burning pain in the chest, pain that exaggerates while lying down, and a feeling of sour or acidic taste in the mouth.
  • Heartburn causes -

    The causes include -
    • Hiatal hernia
    • Pregnancy
    • Certain medicines
    • Excess alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Spicy foods
    • Unhealthy foods

    Heartburn and heart palpitations -

  • Heartburn is caused by acid reflux and is not related to the heart. It gives rise to burning pain in the chest which feels very much similar to a heart attack pain and can be difficult to differentiate.
    It is necessary to always consult the doctor if you are experiencing GERD and chest discomfort symptoms by doing exercise, which manifests as a heart condition.
    In case of chest pains, if you are unsure about its source, then see your doctor. If symptoms like chest tightness, sweating, weakness, and fainting persist then head to an emergency room.
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