Palpitations after eating are very common complaint. Having palpitations after eating is usually a symptom that you shouldn’t worry about, but it is always recommended that you contact your doctor, especially if associated with other symptoms, so he will be the one who will rule out any heart related problem.
After eating your heart needs to pump more blood to your stomach in order to carry out the process of digestion, which usually increases your heart beat. Some people can feel their heart is racing too fast of fluttering during the meal or immediaetly after eating.
Causes of heart palpitations after eating
Sudden over consuption of food after not eating for long hours: leads to over secretion of insulin which causes heart arrhythmia.
Aerophagia: excessive air swallowing that causes your stomach to expand too much, putting pressure on diaphragm and the heart. (Some causes are anxiety, eating too fast, consumption of milk and milk products, eating too many carbs).
Hormonal imbalance: overactive thyroid gland.
Obesity: overweight people usually have diet very rich in sugar, eating junk food, too much caffeine, sedentary lifestyle that can all lead to having heart palpitations after eating. So the best thing to do is to change your lifestyle and try to lose weight.
Acid reflux: *read about acid reflux and heart palpitations in Heart palpitations category.
Some advices how to stop or prevent heart palpitations after eating
- Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
- Do not drink with meals (drink water 15 minutes before eating and two hours after eating)
- If you are overweight, change your lifestyle and try to lose some weight.
- From time to time do the check up of your hormone levels.
- Try to reduce your stress and anxiety levels as much as you can.
- Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.
- Exercise regularly
Other symptoms that may be felt after eating
- Chest pain (can be related to acid reflux)
- Excessive yawning
- Feeling tired
- Nausea, dizziness
- Excessive sweating