As the doctor says when I tell him it "hurts when I do this" , he says "don't do that" :) supposed to be a joke but like most humor there is an element of truth, thus making it more funny.
If you are overweight and have a (like I) spare tire around the middle, that could crowd the chest if slouching means bending forward at the waist. This action pushes any tummy fat into the chest/stomach/heart/lungs area, yes everything gets affected. I hope to lose 20 pounds some, day, maybe after thanksgiving which in the USA is frequently celebrated with eating too much.
This is interesting to me. Thank you for sharing!! I know it is true that bad posture isn't good for us. I guess this is just another reason to sit up straight. haha
Interestingly, I have lost about 15 pounds, which is strange that this problem is happening now. But our bodies do shift as we age and I suppose when we lose weight too and I still do need to lose weight (about 20 more pounds).
anyway, thank you Miss Jerry!!
My dr. says the the same thing...I tell him it's worse when I lay on my left side so he told me not to lay on my left side :) It's funny that you posted this today. While I was bent over brushing my teeth this morning, my PAC's starting acting up, terribly. I went shopping, and had to continue coughing. I don't think that was helping me out, but gave me something else to focus on while they were teasing me. I feel 100% better this afternoon, but bending and stooping do tend to aggrivate my palps. I would guess that poor posture would do the same...I usually have alot more when I sit with my knees up to my chest (that's how I watch t.v., I catch myself doing that a lot like I'm 12 or something). Maybe vagal nerve????
Oh, and the quote you wrote about the left side and rubbing against the chest wall, my cardio just explained to me a few weeks ago, that your heart is not stationary in your chest. It will actually move somewhat. He said that this causes many people with palps to start acting up.
I have the same complaint. I am a 58 year old female. My ekg's and ecg's are normal. My atrial fibrillation only happens in the evening around 7 pm or so, after eating and sitting at rest in one certain chair. Doctors pretty much ignore the fact of the position of my body or the time of day and the fact I am at rest. They concentrate on what I consider the symptom - arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation - rather than the cause. I am taking fecainide 50mg twice a day, because I really do understand I am at risk when the at's begin and continue for hours. And it is pretty much working. When I have a "spell", it feels as though my heart is trying to get back into rhythm, but just can't so it goes fast, stops, then flops around for awhile. Resting doesn't seem to help, walking around will stop the fibrillation, but as soon as I sit again they start right back. I feel like I am alone out here trying to figure out the cause of this thing. I have been reading about thyroid and it's role in heart rhythm. I have been reading about vagus nerve. Other symptoms I have are a lump in my throat and an occasional dry cough. I have had a CT scan and a endoscopy because I thought it was triggered by my digestive system, but the results have been normal. I am glad to have found this forum to know there are others out there with the same triggers, and the same problem of doctors treating the symptom instead of the cause.
Linda, you say that your EKGs have been normal, so who gave you the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation?
Has any ENT doc looked into your throat to see what's going on there?