December 28, 2010

PVC’s & Acid Reflux

Premature Ventricular Complexes (or PVC’s) & acid reflux may go hand in hand for some people. PVC’s have had a long and mysterious history. At one time they were thought to be the precursor for impending death, and more recently are thought to simply be a benign phenomenon.

PVC’s happen when an electrical disturbance in one of the heart’s ventricles causes it to contract. Sometimes this can be felt as a palpitation, or feeling like your heart skipped a beat. Most often though, it’s not felt at all. This condition is generally a cause for concern if heart disease is present, as it can aggravate certain conditions and cause various complications. However, if no heart disease is found PVC’s are not something most doctors worry about.

Acid reflux can be caused by any number of things including daily habits, smoking, certain foods, tight clothing and stress. It happens when too much acid builds in the stomach and is allowed into the esophagus. This causes irritation and pain. It can also cause belching, hiccups and a general feeling of indigestion.

Some sufferers of acid reflux are finding their PVC’s happen more frequently during an acid reflux attack. This could be a result of pressure building up in the stomach, but it’s difficult to say for sure without more studies being conducted.

Get it under control

If you suffer from both of these conditions, and particularly notice an influx of PVC’s during an episode of acid reflux, try getting your reflux under control. There are a number of things you can do once reflux has started to help alleviate it.

  • Drink a large glass of water. This will help dilute toxins and wash excess stomach acids away.
  • Eat an apple. Some people have found apples are very effective at relieving heartburn pain.
  • Try taking some ginger. Ginger comes in many forms, and can be consumed as a tea, eaten candied or found in spiced form. Ginger has long been used to settle upset stomachs, and heart burn is no match for it.

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Focus on Prevention

Once you have your reflux under control, prevention is the key to keeping both it and related PVC’s away.

  • Eat smaller meals. However, just because you’re eating smaller meals doesn’t mean you need to eat less. Just eat more¬†often to maintain your food intake. This helps your body digest more easily and prevents that tell tale pressure buildup that may be related to PVC’s.
  • Don’t lie down or go to bed less than 2 hours after a meal. Staying upright after eating helps gravity keep food and acids where they belong, in your stomach. If you still have trouble, try putting an extra pillow under your head, to keep your esophagus aligned above your stomach.
  • Avoid triggers that cause heartburn. Keep a log of what foods irritate your stomach, and then avoid them. Everyone has their own triggers, but some common ones include garlic, onions, alcohol caffeine and citrus fruits.

While there isn’t much in the way of hard facts and studies relating PVC’s & acid reflux, more and more people are coming forward with these two problems. In the future, these two conditions may be definitively related to each other.

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