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Palpitations after eating

Palpitations after eating 1 Palpitations after eatingPalpitations 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

  • Elaine Fisher

    I don’t smoke or drink, am very active and watch my weight, yet after a coffee and a few biscuits it starts every time, yes sometimes it worries me but my GP says I am fine, so how can I change my habits to reduce it? Thank you

  • Elaine Fisher

    I don’t smoke or drink, am very active and watch my weight, yet after a coffee and a few biscuits it starts every time, yes sometimes it worries me but my GP says I am fine, so how can I change my habits to reduce it? Thank you

  • Elaine Fisher

    I don’t smoke or drink, am very active and watch my weight, yet after a coffee and a few biscuits it starts every time, yes sometimes it worries me but my GP says I am fine, so how can I change my habits to reduce it? Thank you

  • Frances Emmerson

    I get heart flutters after eating. I am trying to watch what I eat no fat etc., I am worried about the condition and know this doesn’t help the situation. Does anyone else have this problem?

    • Sofie

      I have recently stopped smoking -3 months ago, and gained some extra weight. I have been having heart palpitations since. I went and had a stress test, a heart ultrasound, and a holster monitor for 24 hours, and everything was great! This left me disappointed a bit, because I was back to square one. I was put on medication to slow down my heart rate, and a very small dose of a mild sedative to stop the stress levels, and still my heart is pumping away, irregularly.
      The only thing I believe is causing it now, is the weight. I believe if I get my weight under control, everything will go back to normal. Hope this helps.

  • kweeni

    I have recenltly given up smoking, I have put on 2 stone in a very short period of time..I am now suffering with palpitations after I eat and random palpitations. I have seen my GP had the 24 hour ecg and the scan. They say its a symtom of givi g up smoking .. I am not convinced..