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Why is it that my heart starts pounding ?

Why is it that my heart starts pounding about 15 to 30 minutes after I eat a meal? I m 30 years old, 5 9 tall, 160 lbs., basically healthy, blood pressure has always been normal. Any idea why this happens? It occurs frequently.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Does it just pound or does it feel irregular and fast? If irregular and fast you could have a arrhythmia such as premature ventricular contractions which is common among all of us. However, it is deadly if it lasts too long. But it does cause those type of symptoms. And ECG or better yet, a holter monitor that monitors the heart rhythm for 24 hours will help determine if you have an irregular heart beat. Also, after you eat, a majority of you blood flow goes into digestion. Make sure you get plenty of fluids, unless you of course are directed not too by your doctor. But you should see a doctor about this immediately. It also could be something you are eating like caffeinated products (soda's excess sugar and so forth) that can cause fast heartbeats, and make it feel as though your heart is beating through your chest. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine your problem without going to see a physician and having the proper diagnostic testing. Remember you only have one heart. And the reason so many athletes die suddenly on the basketball court or other places is due to PVC's as stated above, but when they are prolonged, it's called ventricular tacchycardia...and deadly. Healthy has nothing to do with it. One life....go see you doctor today!! Hope that helps!
Answered: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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