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someone please help.... i have had pvc and upper abdominal pressure around my ribs.. feels like someone squeezing me tight.... i had echo heart tests, nuclear stress tests, holter... all normal... i still get this everyday and seems to be getting worse.... no pain, just pressure...my dr says gas, lol... i dont think so.... please help me... thank you.. i am 54 yrs old and female... im tired of hearing anxiety and gas....its the pvc im worried about and the tightness and feel like bloating upper abdominal also... all of these go hand in hand.... especially after i eat...please help me

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Hi, the abdominal discomfort may not be related to PVCs. And PVCs usually do not need any therapy unless the PVCs are associated with underlying heart disease and periods of ventricular tachycardia. Your symptoms could be due to gallbladder or liver disorders. The other causes could be gastritis, peptic ulcer disease and GERD. Disorders of the colon could also cause pain. Kidney disorders too produce colicky and sharp pain. Please discuss this with your doctor am sure he will provide further assistance. Regards.
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ty very much for your reply.... i do not have any pain and thats whats confusing.... like just now, i was just resting and almost asleep and my heart started to feel like it was skipping as always... no pain...no fast heart rate...i just really  came back from the dr today as a matter of fact... says my heart is good... i dont understand... as im writing you right now, it just starts up and scares me... they cant find nothing wrong... he put me on nexium but no better....when i walk, it feels like something moving in the center of my sternum....then it starts.. its doing it this second.... idk what it is... neither do they....i didnt get the tightness,, just trying to sleep and it starts right between my breasts by the sternum and continues til almost morning... iii need to rest but it just wont allow me to... im so scared
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Intestinal gas can stimulate the vagus nerve and produce all kinds of cardiac symptoms, particularly if the diaphragm is permanently elevated becuase the patient fails do do abdominal breathing, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roemheld_syndrome
A typical feature of this is worsening upon rising, because the gas pushes upward more. Often, symptoms can be relieved by prolonged, repeated burping. If one has Roemheld syndrome, which, according to the article bel;ow, is fairly common, training oneself to breathe abdominally - where you push the diaphragm into the abdomen, i.e. away from the heart - rather then breathing predominantly into the chest, can also bring major relief.
Some people are successful in reducing the amount of gas produced after meals by using the so-called low FODMAP diet, which eliminates certain, but not all carbohydrates https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/for-patients-component/programs-services/clinical-nutrition-services/docs/pdf-lowfodmapdiet.pdf.
Roemheld produces cardiac symptoms, but very few cardiologists will ask you how you breathe, what you eat and how you digest. Instead, they will treat this with meds and sometimes surgery.
Irritable bowel syndrome can be the result of taking antibiotics, as that changes the intestinal flora.
May this help as many people as possible.
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