Heart Palpitations after Eating 

Heart palpitations after eating could be quite common in people who are overweight and sometimes in patients recovering from anorexia. They might sense their heart racing fast or fluttering during or after a meal.

Is it normal to have this condition?

After you have a meal, the heart has to pump more blood to the abdominal and stomach regions to facilitate digestion and assimilation processes. In some people, this normal activity could appear as palpitations.

Symptoms: Nausea, dizziness, fatigue and severe exhaustion, pain in chest after eating, restlessness, excessive sweating, excessive yawning, stomach palpitations and a feeling of discomfort in the abdominal region, shallow breathing and sleeplessness at night.

Possible causes for heart palpitations after eating:

The possible causes for heart palpitations range from being psychological to those brought about by some hormonal imbalances.

  • Hypoglycemia: When a person remains without food for too long, this condition of too low glucose level occur. When he splurges on food suddenly, there is an abnormal increase in glucose levels I his body.  This may trigger heart palpitations.
  • Caffeine: An excess consumption of caffeine (over 300 mg per day) can cause heart palpitations. This may be more severe in people who are caffeine sensitive.
  • Alcohol: People with an excess consumption of alcohol normally suffer from a condition called arrhythmia. This leads to an increase in heart rate, people suffering from any heart diseases should avoid alcohol consumption completely.
  • High-fat Diet: Regular consumption of a high-fat diet could block your arteries and increase risks of having heart palpitations.  Consumption of some allergic foods could also trigger heart palpitations.
  • Hormonal variations: A hormonal imbalance, especially hyperthyroidism can cause severe heart palpitations after eating.
  • Obesity: People who are obese normally experience this condition. The heart has to overwork to pump more blood to their stomach region and cause palpitations. A radiating pain in their left arm could be an indication of a more serious underlying illness.

Other causes such as hiatal hernia accompanied with acid reflux disease or severe anemia could lead to an increased rate of heartbeat. These conditions increase risks of someone having increased palpitations.

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