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What causes gas, stomach gurgling and fullness in upper chest?

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Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Question: My husband has a gassy tummy and he also has what seems like wind in his chest, no pain, no burning just gurgling and a full feeling in his upper chest accompanied by an irregular heartbeat, ie missing beats!
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Stomach and chest could be different problems

Detailed Answer:
Hello, I am sorry that your husband is having these problems. There are several issues that can cause these stomach problems. One is that he has gastritis from some stomach irritation. I see that he has tried gaviscon and windeze but a stronger acid blocker would be something like omeprazole which you can buy at the pharmacy. It can also be caused by food intolerances. The easiest food to try and eliminate is dairy products. Many adults have lactose intolerance and can not break down dairy products easily causing gas and in some cases stomach aches and diarrhea. The next thing to try and eliminate is gluten which is found in all wheat products. Give each elimination trial a month or so to see if there are improvements in the gassiness and discomfort.
Now for the more concerning issues of his chest fullness and irregular heartbeats. This could be from a heart condition and I would suggest that he see his doctor about these complaints. The chance of heart disease depends upon many things, is he a smoker? have hypertension? diabetes? high cholesterol? Only his doctor can sort all of this out. I suggest that you get him to his doctor as soon as possible to make sure that his heart is okay. Thank you for using Health Care Magic.
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Follow up: Dr. Kathy Robinson (16 minutes later)
Thank you, he has no pain, no burning, he doesn't smoke, does not feel breathless or indeed poorly at all, just the 'wind in his tummy (loud gurgling) and what appears to be 'wind ' in his upper chest, he does not burp a lot and the flutter and fullness feeling is worse on going to bed, the irregular beats(missed) every five or six beats or so, sometimes every two or so and sometimes sixteen beats and them misses all in the space of a minute, this wasn't present when he had his last health check four years ago!
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
thanks for this information

Detailed Answer:
So sometimes people can have heart irregularities without having chest pain. The findings can be very subtle. Even though he may not have a lot of risk factors for heart disease, just being a man over 50 puts him at some risk and the skipped beats can be an indicator that something is not right. Please get him to a doctor to have a general checkup, some lab tests and an electrocardiogram. He may need further testing to sort this out and may even need to see a cardiologist. Thanks for your questions and concerns.
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What causes gas, stomach gurgling and fullness in upper chest?

Brief Answer: Stomach and chest could be different problems Detailed Answer: Hello, I am sorry that your husband is having these problems. There are several issues that can cause these stomach problems. One is that he has gastritis from some stomach irritation. I see that he has tried gaviscon and windeze but a stronger acid blocker would be something like omeprazole which you can buy at the pharmacy. It can also be caused by food intolerances. The easiest food to try and eliminate is dairy products. Many adults have lactose intolerance and can not break down dairy products easily causing gas and in some cases stomach aches and diarrhea. The next thing to try and eliminate is gluten which is found in all wheat products. Give each elimination trial a month or so to see if there are improvements in the gassiness and discomfort. Now for the more concerning issues of his chest fullness and irregular heartbeats. This could be from a heart condition and I would suggest that he see his doctor about these complaints. The chance of heart disease depends upon many things, is he a smoker? have hypertension? diabetes? high cholesterol? Only his doctor can sort all of this out. I suggest that you get him to his doctor as soon as possible to make sure that his heart is okay. Thank you for using Health Care Magic.