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heart rate body position

Hi, just a quick question. has any one else experienced there heart rate increase while lying down flat in bed asleep and just fractionally sitting up ( like a mini crunch ) to adjust your pillow only to have to have there heart rate speed up instantly, then when you go back to your original position, your HR instantly returns to normal ?

Also when this happens, there feels as there is a blockage in my intestines/abdomen area.

I always have a blocked intestinal feeling even when I have not had a heavy meal and am flat bellied and empty before bed, and usually when i apply pressure and massage the area i usually find the pocket of air or fluid that is causing the problem and my belly growls and the blocked feeling subsides. but last year when i tried to find that blockage just as i was dosing off to sleep, it caused my heart to race very high close to 200 bpm instantly like a switch being flicked on. after dowsing myself with some cold water on my face and back of my neck and deep breathing, it went away. I know i probably have SVT, but what is the connection to the gut ? it is very strange. has anyone else experienced similar problems with SVT's/ PVCS and the midsection/Gut area ?

Thank you
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Have you tried any antacid/gas tablets?  Perhaps there is a relationship between how much your eat, how fast your eat, what your eat... worth trying to connect the "dots" if you can.

I have no direct experience I can share, but suspect your HR is a reaction to a digestive problem, not the other way around.
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I am with Jerry, it sounds like your gas is causing your heart to act up.  It definitely can.  That said, if you do have an accessory pathway svt you can get that corrected.  A classic sign of one is that they start and stop on a what feels like a single beat.  Generally though they get triggered by an ectopic beat, mine mostly by pvcs but pacs can do it as well. The ectopic beat disrupts the normal beat cycle allowing the svt to jump in.  They are two separate issues that can feed off each other.  Changing positions can be a factor in throwing an ectopic beat which could then allow an svt if you have one to jump in.  However mine would not be so specific to happen every time I changed positions.  Not every ectopic beat causes one to fall into tachycardia, just ones that are timed correctly to allow your specific issue to get triggered.  So if this happens every time it could be a physiological response to the ectopic beats causing some sort of sinus tachycardia as opposed to it being true accessory pathway svt.  Either way, the only way to truly know what is going on is to get evaluated by a cardiologist and get this captured on a monitor.  If you are truly able to make this happen quite easily than a 24 hour monitor should do the trick for you but if not a 30 day will hopefully give you enough time to catch what it is.  Either way you may want to take steps to address your issues with gas as well.  Something in your diet may not be sitting well with you and adjustments to your diet could help eliminate your issues.  Well best of luck.  I do hope you can get to the bottom of all this.  Take care.
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Thanks for the advice jerry
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Hi michelle. thank you for taking the time to write this in depth explanation, it is much appreciated.

I have not long ago worn a 24 hour monitor, but i have not heard anything back from the hospital or my GP yet, and it has been nearly a month. I know i had a few nasty ectopic beats that took the wind out of me while I was wearing it, plus an arrhythmia while i was lying on my left side in bed, so hopefully they have enough to make a conclusion.

Funny enough, the other night after i posted my question, I went on my exercise bike for  a workout, as i like to do for at least 30 mins a time before moving on to a weight training session 5 days a week. and usually everything is pretty much fine, other than the odd ectopic beat once in a blue moon. only on this occasion, when i reached the business end off my bike workout on a high level of resistance, my heart went into a kind of what i assume is bigeminy. It started having the feeling of mini ectopics rolling over in my chest one after the other, until i stopped peddling. once off the bike, i wasn't scared, i was just angry. angry that this annoyance has now invaded my stress/tension releasing plus calorie burning time. I then immediately felt the urge to regurgitate. once doing so i jumped back   on the bike and started peddling as hard and as fast as i could until my workout was complete, but the bigeminy did not return. and after one days rest from exersise, I have not long ago completed a session on my bike on the same difficulty and duration while feeling apprehensive that it could happen again. but i am pleased to say it did not.

The only time I feel bigeminy sensations is during a nightmare, where when i awake my heart is mini skipping one after the other. and also on one or two occasions when i am emotionally stressed, and have reached my breaking point. so the fact this sensation has carried on into my exersise time concerns me, I will now have to make sure I am not carrying any excess stress or excitement into my workouts, plus I need to make sure any meal is properly digested, because i suspect this could influence things. but even in the aforementioned event, it was hours since i had a light meal. yet it still had not digested properly and was brought up very easily. and after i started working out again immediatly afterwards with no event, i could not tell if it was the regurgitation that resolved the problem, or the fact that it may of acted as a kind of vasovagal maneuver.

If you can follow this link below Michelle, it may be of interest to you and others. if you have not seen it before. it is a new way narrowing down the exact location of the heart problem.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21945566
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I suspect having maybe a bit of indigestion and pushing yourself so you were breathing pretty hard stirred up some gas that triggered the run of bigeminy or whatever it was you were feeling.  One word of note, a really good way to work out is to alternate your cardio from fast to slow, short spurts of fast runs alternating with longer periods at a slower pace will actually build up your cardio better than flat out running at top speed the whole way.  I also highly recommend if you don't already, make sure you are well hydrated during your workouts.  In any event, hopefully that was an isolated incidence but maybe consider trying to ease up just a bit on your workout if it seems to happen again.  You may just be pushing your heart a bit too far.  It is a muscle after all and can get strained just like any other muscle in your body.  Well hopefully you hear back from your doctor soon.  I know waiting can be torture.  And thanks for that article.  It was quite interesting and seems like a great new innovation that may really help a lot of people.  Take care and do keep us posted on what you find out.
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Thanks michelle. take care.
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