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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Arianna, Community Member, asks

Q: Can your gallbladder cause chest pain, irregular heartbeat?

Im 20 years old and I've been having irregular heartbeats (skipped beats, fast heartbeats) along with chest pains. My heart doctor wanted to rule out the possibility of gallstones, and come to find out my gallbladder is impacted with stones. My question is, would gallstones cause the above heart problems?

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11/30/11 9:59pm

Hi Arianna:


A lot of times when a person's body is under stress (or pain), it can cause heart palpitations. So I can see how having the underlying condition of gallstones could cause temporary heart palpitations. Gallstones can also cause radiating pain, which in turn it can feel like chest pain but is actually from your gallstones.


I am not certain if that is the case with you or not. I would visit with your doctor further to see what his/her thoughts are to make sure your palpitations are not serious. If they are not serious and you are going to have surgery, you can see if your symptoms subside after surgery.


Take care,


Here are some links that might be helpful to you:

7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed

Chest Pain (overview)



Unusual in SA, Community Member
10/31/13 7:24pm

My gallbladder caused very irregular heartbeats.  My EKG prior to my chronic, inflammed, accute gallbladder being removed was very irregular.  Fours hours after it was removed, my heartbeat returned to normal.  I asked the surgeon in my follow up visit if this was normal.  He stated it was not.  He could not give me an answer as to why.  I was also suffering from pressure in the chest (heart was fine) and serious GERD.  All are back to normal.  I've even gone from HYPOthyroid to HYPERthyroid.  We've decreased my Synthroid.  I will have TSH, T4 and T3 redrawn in three days to see if the hypo to hyper is just my Hashitmoto's cycling between hypo and hyper or if the removal of my gallbladder with the blocked cystic duct has something to do with the HYPERthyroid. 

HelloDere, Community Member
11/ 5/13 10:46am

Is your heart rhythm still ok after having your GB out?  I'm at my wits end with PVC's multiple times a minute all day every day since 8/4/2013, all tests negative. (stress, echo, holter showed thousands of PVC's "benign" they said)  endoscopy showed no GERD , no hiatal, no ulcers, no Pylori.  I'm going to call to schedule and have my gall bladder checked.

Unusual in SA, Community Member
11/ 5/13 11:04am

I have not had it checked since gallbladder was removed (4 weeks ago).  I have a follow up with primary in two weeks.  However, I took a picture of the screen monitoring my heart beat 4 hours after surgery.  The beat was back to very normal.  I also had painful pressure in my chest prior to surgery.  That pressure is gone and has been gone since the gallbladder was removed.  The doctor's called my PVC's also. 

HelloDere, Community Member
11/ 5/13 11:28am

Well that sounds encouraging, I wish you the best of health!

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