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While it seems only sometimes acknowledged by medical sites, there are many on these fora who have experienced some kind of heart palpitations oddly in tune with their reflux problems.

I had some quite regularly while lying in bed to sleep the month or so BEFORE I KNEW I had a serious problem (that was "reflux").

I had some after that, but not that much. I won't count what happened when I was on Reglan, but it does give you a clue.

I think this indicates that you are having some problem with the vagus nerve/autonomic nervous system. These things control not only your stomach movement and sphincter action, but your heart rate, etc. I can't help but wonder if people with some palps as well as reflux show that they actually are having nerve problems more than just "bad muscles".
along the thought of the vagus nerve.. it is also a thought that the reflux itself irritates the vague nerve, thus traveling up and setting off the palpatations. I get increased palpatations myself when my GERD is acting up.. I had an episode a year ago where I was getting it constantly. I had heart tests and monitors done which showed I had SVT (tachycardia) which is benign, but they couldn't find the trigger (I've had the palpatations for years, but very infrequently). It wasn't until after I went through all the tests that my throat started getting sore and my voice started getting hoarse which I automatically knew was my reflux acting up.. it must have been doing so "Silently" and I wasn't aware of it and it was setting off the palpatations. I have other triggers, but I'm confident that is one! I upped my dose of the Prevacid and the palpatations subsided.

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