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10 Ectopic Heartbeat Vagus Nerve Palpitations tips for you

10 Ectopic Heartbeat Vagus Nerve Palpitations tips
10 Ectopic Heartbeat Vagus Nerve Palpitations tips

The ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve connection.

Yes! there is an ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations connection and there may be relief for you and me. With so many issues the most important thing is to get MORE INFO!

What is ectopic heartbeats? In short it is extra or skipped heartbeats, and I did a short post on ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS, PVC AND PAC BEATS to try and explain it in my own words. It can also be explained as an heartbeat that is in the “wrong place”. That means, too early in the heart rhythm cycle.

For some of us who have had AFIB, but are now AFIB free and in sinus rhythm, this ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations “thing” can be a scary unknown monster! I am talking about myself and many other people. The doctor says you are in rhythm, you can feel your own pulse and it’s in rhythm, but then you get these HARD and skipped beats! What now!!

This post is for those people who know their hearts are in rhythm and the doctor confirmed that your heart is (structurally) OK.

Your ectopic heartbeat and health.

An ectopic heartbeat can also be described as an Premature atrial contraction (PAC) or an premature ventricular contraction (PVC)

Is treatment of ectopic heartbeats critical?   Here’s the deal.

In most cases NO! and symptoms will resolve themselves in most cases according to HEALTHLINE. This will however not curb the anxiety that most of us experience when we get that awful ectopic attacks. So! they may not be harmful in most cases but seek medical advice in the following situations:

  1. If the condition persists for a long time .
  2. If you experience chest pain and pressure.
  3. Sustained rapid heart rate.
  4. Other symptoms with the ectopic heartbeats.

What is the vagus nerve?

Vagus nerve ectopic heartbeat
Vagus nerve

It is the tenth cranial nerve and interacts with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs and digestive system. It is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system and was previously known as the pneumogastric nerve. One of the tasks of the vagus nerve is to mediate the lowering of the heart rate.

Therefore calming a sensitive vagus nerve will help you calm down: = slower your heart rate.

Vagus nerve irritation symptoms may include excessive acid, bloating, gas and other digestive problems. The vagus nerve supplies parasympathetic fibers to our heart and other organs. And the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for stimulation of the rest-and-digest or otherwise known as the “feed-and-breed” activities. It opposes and complements the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the fight-or-flight response activities.

I have a few pins/pictures of the vagus nerve on pinterest.

What about vagus nerve atrial fibrillation?

There is something like “Vagally-mediated” -AFIB, as mentioned in a-fib.com. As  also mentioned in the international journal of cardiology, vagal nerve atrial fibrillation,  does exist but it is an under-recognised entity and will not be discussed in this post. It is definitely something I will lock into in future posts.

What can YOU do about this ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations connection?

With all types of treatment there is stuff you can add to your lifestyle and stuff you can take out off your life. Here are 10 tips to relieve or stop your ectopic heartbeats.

  1. Simple breathing exercise.  A study showed that by slowing down patients breathing the ectopic heartbeats were reduced notably. In the study patiens were instructed to slow down their breaths from about 15 breaths per minutes to about 6 breaths per minute, by taking 5 seconds to breathe in, and 5 seconds to breathe out, and the number of ectopic heartbeats dropped significantly. Dr Sanjay Gupta explains the exercise and the study in one of his  York Cardiology videos.
  2. Reduce or stop alcohol intake. Alcohol is a stimulant and can contribute to the onset of AFIB but also ectopic heartbeats. With stimulants you have to know how your body reacts to it. What works for me may not work for you. Too much alcohol will not only be bad for you but can put you in AFIB and increase your ectopic heartbeats.
  3. Burping. To take the pressure off your vagus nerve due to bloating of your stomach, you can burp/bring up gas. There are many over the counter products that will break up gas and prompt burping. This can bring immediate relief in most cases, if your ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve connection is your main problem. Calming a sensitive vagus nerve will help to slow down your heart rate.
  4. Stress Less. If you have been checked out by your doctor and he says your heart is OK, then believe him! If you are stressed your heart goes faster, and you can “feel” your heart more, then you stress more. You see the cycle? One of the most common links between people who have ectopic heartbeats is the fact that they have health related anxiety. Stress can be a trigger of ectopic heartbeats.
  5. Keep your bowels moving. Constipation can lead to bloating and that will influence the vagus nerve. Taking a magnesium supplement can help with with better bowel movement. If you have regular bowel movements you decrease the chance that your vagus nerve gets irritated.
  6. Chew your food. You need your food broken down in your stomach, otherwise it causes constipation and bloating.To assist with the breakdown of food you need enzymes. When you chew your food properly it releases those enzymes in the saliva that break down food. The other spinoff, of chewing your food properly, is that you eat longer and then you do not eat that much. Your brain gets the time to report that you are full.
  7. Change your posture. A study showed that patients had more vagal ectopic heartbeats when they were lying on their right side. People could also feel ectopic heartbeats  when they were lying on their backs and left side. So be prepared to “feel” those HARD and skipped beats when you lie down. I have experienced it and it was no joke. I jolted up sometimes and in most cases it helped. But you have to go to sleep sometime? Convincing myself that everything would be OK was difficult. Praying and believing that I was alright and saved in any case was a big reassurance. Going to bed very tired also helps, because you then you do not think that much and just fall asleep.
  8. Get more Magnesium.  About 50 to 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The value of magnesium for the correct functioning of your heart is immense. There is proof that increased levels of magnesium will help curb your ectopic heartbeats. In a study done at Coração Universidade de São Paulo, “Symptom improvement was achieved in 93.3% of patients” who used the magnesium pidolate for 30 days. Dr Sanjay Gupta also made a video about “Magnesium works for Ectopic heart beats” and this study. Your ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations my drop significantly if you get in more magnesium.
  9. Eliminate Caffeine.  This is the only way to find out if caffeine has an influence on your ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations. Sorry to say but there’s caffeine in chocolate, and not just coffee. If you suffer a lot from ectopics it may be a good idea to do a small test on yourself. Count your ectopics when you consume caffeine in normal everyday life. Then cut out all caffeine for 30 days and monitor your ectopic heartbeats. Try drinking Rooibos tea for a month, and see if there is a difference.This simple test will help you immensely.
  10. Do not overindulge. You must treat you stomach with respect! Due to the vagus nerve there is a very strong connection between your stomach and your heart. An uncomfortable stomach can trigger ectopic heartbeats. An overfull stomach can trigger ectopic heart beats. Stomach issues like indigestion, GERD or ulcer causes irritation that travels to the heart. This tip also relates to keeping your bowels moving, and not irritating you stomach wit indigestion.

Other names for Ectopic heart beats, that will help you find relief:

Abnormal heartbeat, PVB(premature ventricular beat),  Premature beats, PVC (premature ventricular complex/contraction), Extrasystole, Premature supraventricular contractions, PAC, Premature atrial contraction.

That’s not all……..

Do not irritate your vagus nerve, a hiatal hernia can be a culprit, as well as excess alcohol, spicy foods, stress, fatigue and anxiety.

Passing gas will relieve bloating in most cases, but doing it where and when is the problem? not in a lift.

I do not know enough about the Valsalva maneuver and could not say if it is useful with ectopic heartbeats. Consult your doctor before you do something like this and any feedback is welcome.

Consult your doctor about other vagal maneuvers like gagging, immersing your face in ice-cold water and coughing, before you attempt them and to get the correct instructions.

Exercise can, and in most cases will help, for people who are inactive.

Ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations may not get much attention from doctors.

The reason being is that in most cases it is benign. But the fear and anxiety is awful.

USE MY THOUGHTARREST TECHNIQUE.

This technique that has been there for thousands of years must be used more often. It is not my creation and there are other terms for the technique. It may not have anything to do with your heart, but because ectopic heartbeat vagus nerve palpitations are benign in most cases, this technique is perfectly suited to help you.

Have a look at it Here!

 

Hopefully these tips will reduce your ectopic encounters.

I am not a Doctor or health professional and am only speaking out of my own experience and research. Please ask your own doctor, caregiver or health professional if you want to take any new supplement or experiment with the vagus/vagal maneuver. But do ask as many questions as you can.

 

 

 

 

ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS, PVC AND PAC BEATS.

ectopic heartbeats
ectopic heartbeats

ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS CAN BE SCARY

I have had a few ectopic heartbeats in my time and it can be very scary!

It’s the beat then the pause and then the HARD beat. Some of you know exactly what I mean. That forceful beat brings a lot of relief after that PAUSE!!

Here’s the deal.

You will agree with me that any “EXTRA” heartbeat that you can physically feel in your body or neck can upset you.

Here is some of the stuff that I have learned about this -“extra”- ectopic heartbeat thing.

WHAT IS ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS?

Ectopic means “wrong place” as stated in Ectopic Heart Beats AF Association Australia Patient Information. There is something like an ectopic pregnancy or ectopic eruption (a tooth on the wrong path -basically) So an ectopic heartbeat is a heartbeat that is too early, it’s at the wrong place of the heart rhythm.

It can also be an “extra” beat from the Atria (upper chambers of the heart) or the Ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). It occurs before the normal beat. These “extra” beats can also feel like “thuds” or “forceful” beats that some people feel in their neck.

Ectopic heartbeats are very common and mostly harmless in people who have no other heart disease, but they are scary and can put some people in a panic attack( that included me for a while). Many people are totally unaware that they have an ectopic heartbeat from time to time.

According to Dr Sanjay Gupta having ectopic heartbeats is normal but feeling them is not so normal. This can be linked to people with health anxiety issues.

HOW CAN ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS BE DIAGNOSED?

Your story! for most of the part.

Yes, sometimes it is difficult to pick up the ectopic heartbeats, and a health professional only has your story to go on. An electrocardiogram, ECG or portable monitor can confirm the diagnosis, but it depends on how regular your ectopic heartbeats are.

These exams and tests which would also include a physical exam (Medline Plus) may often not show ectopic heartbeats. If your ECG is normal and there are no symptoms your doctor may say that no other tests are needed and you are OK.

This does not mean that it’s just in your head! It just means that it cannot be picked up during the examination period. Your health professional will know what to look for if there are any other serious heart or health problems.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS, WHY IS IT SO SCARY?

You feel your heartbeat and the palpitations.

It feels like your heart stops, or skips a beat.

There may be forceful or hard beats that you can even feel in your neck.

Your heart is pounding.

Or there may be no symptoms at all!

TYPES OF ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS.

Premature Atrial Contraction (PAC) which originates in the heart’s Atria (upper chambers) or,

Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC) when the premature beat comes from the Ventricles (lower chambers) of the heart.

ECTOPIC HEARTBEATS MY STOMACH AND THE VAGUS NERV

I have experienced most of my ectopic heartbeats, if not all, when I had a full or bloated stomach. The feeling that my stomach had something to do with this extra hard beats was always there. To explain this to my doctor always felt so stupid. The way I made sense of it was the following: Because I have an enlarged atrium I thought my heart was larger than normal and because of that, when my stomach was full, I could “feel” my heartbeats.

The real reason is a bit more complex and I will do my best to try and explain it.

The vagus nerve is also called the wandering nerve, because it travels throughout the body. It actually extends from the brain to the stomach. It is also called the “mixed” nerve because signals are going in both ways. An irritated vagus nerve causes symptoms that vary widely.

How ectopic beats happen or start I will explain in another post.

When my stomach expands due to overeating or excess gas my vagus nerve comes under pressure. This sends haywire signals to my brain and heart, and causes ectopics. Usually, my ectopic heartbeats do not last very long.

Burping or passing gas/wind works wonders for me, and rescues me from  my ectopic heartbeats.

Everyone is different and maybe taking extra magnesium, probiotics, chewing your food better,  taking ginger capsules or just moving around and adjusting your position can help.

I am no Doctor or health professional and am only speaking out of my own experience and research. Please ask your own doctor, caregiver or health professional if you want to take any new supplement or vagus/vagal maneuver. But do ask as many questions as you can.

If this was helpful please let me know, and leave a comment.

Have you had any ectopic heartbeats?

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