My husband started having heart palpitations and a heavily-pounding heart about a week ago, after eating every meal. He has had severe heartburn basically his whole life and was diagnosed with Acid Reflex and GERD a few years ago. He takes OTC heartburn pills everyday to help calm the heartburn, since he gets it every day. He went into the hospital yesterday and the hospital did an EKG, took blood and ordered a chest x-ray, and everything was normal, aside from his heart palpitating, or beating irregularly. This morning, they did an Electro Cardiogram and gave that to a cardiologist, but we haven’t heard anything back. We also noticed that the heart problems seem to calm down at night and happen much less at night, and that if he puts his arms above his head, his heartbeat returns to normal, which made me think he might have a Hiatal Hernia. It seems like it would make sense if he had a hiatal hernia and raised his arms above his head for his heart beat to return to normal, since his upper torso would be getting pulled upward, and away from his stomach. He hasn’t been having any other symptoms except for the funny heartbeat. In the past few days, he has cut out all caffeine, all heavy foods, a lot of salt, and has been eating much lighter foods, but it is not helping. He mentioned a hiatal hernia possibly being the cause of the problem, but the doctors didn’t say anything, so he feels like they aren’t even going to check, even though I know GERD can be associated with a hiatal hernia. What does it sound like to you? Any suggestions? One other mention, he did have an ulcer about 10-12 years ago, but we’re not sure if he still has it. He doesn’t have insurance, so he can only go to a hospital to get medical care without having to pay hundreds up front for medical care from a doctor at an office or a specialist.
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