Can Rapid Heartbeat Be A Symptom Of Acid Reflux


Asked by claudia

Can Rapid Heartbeat Be A Symptom Of Acid Reflux

Had rapid and irregular heartbeat. Dr. diagnoised it as acid reflux. can this be true?


Hi Claudia,

If your stomach is churning, it could send a signal to the brain that your body is experiencing something it doesn't like and could cause the fast heart rate.

Also, stress is a trigger you might have. Tracy Davenport had an article here about psychological stress and it's effect on GERD.

There are some things you can do to help the acid reflux and see if that in turn reduces the rapid heartbeat. Here are some tips that you might find helpful.

Acid Reflux Diet

  • First of all, try to eat small, frequent meals instead of three big meals a day. Small amounts of food each time would exert less workload on the stomach and therefore requires less acid secretion for digestion. Make sure to include foods that are high in complex carbohydrates in each meal. These foods, such as rice, breads and pasta, are able to tie up excess stomach acid and are often easy on the stomach.

  • Avoid high-fat meals such as those from the fast food chains. High fat foods will remain in the stomach longer, thus causing the need for more stomach acid in order to digest them.

  • But remember, don't overeat! Eating too much of any foods will stimulate the stomach to secret more acids for digestion.

  • Avoid or limit alcohol

  • Maintain upright position during and at least 45 minutes after eating

I hope you find this helpful. Take care and stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.