Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

177 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Is it common to have Atrial Fibrillation after vomiting?

This is the second time it has happened to me and I was wondering how common it is. Yes, I do have a history of heart disease, and I do see a Dr. about it, but I always forget to ask this question. I am 28, the first time I was 20......I DO NOT USE DRUGS OF ANY KIND I would like to thank you all for your responses, I have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and have had no symptoms for 5 years now, my ejection fractions have been excellent. I did go to the ER and they told me I am in A Fib, they did not convert me this time, they are hoping that my body will do it natrually, it hasn t yet.....we ll see, last time they had to convert me......
Thu, 30 Dec 2010
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
  Anonymous's Response
's  Response

I am 31 in a month and have had 3 episodes since around the age of 18


All 3 were caused directly and immediately after vomitting.

Case 1: Dehydrated, played baseball, got a migraine, threw up - heart was beating fast, didn't know at the time I had a-fib until I woke up and my heart was still racing.

Case 2: Drank a lot, vomitted, immediately heart went into a-fib


Case 3: Drank a lot the night before, woke up feeling ok, then felt nausea.  Threw up and then went into a-fib.

Quite honestly, it's been about 5 yrs since that last case and I don't think I've thrown up since then.  I am actually now afraid of vomitting purely because of the fear I have of going into a-fib as a result.


My suggestions: Keep away from caffeine (all of it), limit alcohol intake and keep hydrated if you do drink.  Keep hydrated in any type of heat/sports.

  User's Response
vbaranowsi's  Response
My husband has CAD but never had afib.he vomited violently last night, was nauseated and then went into a fib. Heart pounding lasted several hours, stopped while at doc but was seen on ekg. Then he ate lunch and felt it again. Metoprolol was increased to 100 twice a day. I think that the vomiting caused the a fib and his heart is still irritated by full stomach pushing up diaphragm. We will return to doc for another keg tomorrow and we will see if converts naturally. No caffeine and plenty of rest tonite!
  Anonymous's Response
Anonymous's  Response

i am 31 and just recently discovered that i have afib. it was most definitely brought on as a direct result of excessive vomiting. i told the doctors this but they just seemed to ignore me. but i would definitely confirm your suspicions.

  User's Response
shane's  Response

i have had this happen to me about 5 times within the last 2 yrs. and its always after i vomit but i swear i feel like something bumps against the bottom of my heart as i wretch. still no direct answer from the docs other than i irritate my vagal. i have passed all the tests that they have thrown at me.

  User's Response
antonio's  Response
It is a possibilty because you heart sits right above your diaphram, and your stomach is under your diaphram. Your diaphram is kind of like a seperator I guess you can say. So with your stomach all twisted and your vomiting this can cause it. Just because your heart is getting pushed against. Make sure that you are sure that it is atrial fibrillation. You might just get a few ackward pulses because of your heaving.
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

I am 38 and had atrial fibrillation for the first time 10 days ago. It happened at night about an hour after I had a bout of extreme vomiting (so much so that the blood vessels under my eyes turned red, which had never happened before). I went to the ER and they gave me IV meds to control the rate, which returned to normal rhythm by the time I woke up the next morning. I followed up with a cardiologist and had normal stress test and echocardiogram. Is it possible or even likely that this could be a one time event cause by the extreme vomitting and not something I will have to worry about coming back?

doctor1 MD

50 yr old female. Have had food poisoning twice in past 20 years and both times experienced vomiting. Subsequent to the vomiting, my heart rate has become extremely irregular and has shot up t0 230 beats per minute. Rhythm is irregular (skipping), as well as pace (230). I have been converted with adenosine. Is this form of AFib and how can I avoid or stop this from happening?

doctor1 MD

Hi my dad is having atrial fibrillation .he has that episodes every one to two years .but this time he had that episode after 6months .he is 72 .his echo is totally fine .he is taking warfarin and very small doss of beta blockers .his body doesn t respond we ll to drugs .he even is not taking warfarin every day but every other day what do u suggest doc

Recent questions on  Cardiomyopathy

doctor1 MD

Hello Dr, 41 year old, non-smoker, 1-5 units of alcohol a week, active, no other health issues. Family history of heart problems (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ), have been checked and do not have it, although have a slight thickening of arterial knuckle which gets monitored. I m getting what feels like pulses or faint flutters from my oesophagus region to the top of my sternum region, these symptoms are infrequent during the day to sometimes non-existent, but at night the symptoms only occur when laid on my back or on my left side (they disappear when I m lying on my right side?) and feel more constant with a heart beat ie pulses at a constant rate. Occasionally have slight breathlessness since this has started 1 week ago. Now I ve had a slight upset stomach (although not constipated I ve not been regular) the last week and the symptoms do seem to be more present when I have heavy feeling in my stomach and then subside once I pass wind. Is the pulses/flutter linked to this and could be a blockage and wind not escaping? Or something else?

doctor1 MD

HI. MY DAD IS SUFFERING FROM CHEST PAINS RADIATING OUTWARDS . IT HURTS MORE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS RIB CAGE. HE CURRENTLY WAS ADMITTED TO THE ER FOR CHEST PAINS AND WAS TOLD HE HAD A MILD HEART ATTACK. HE HAS HISTORY OF CARDIOMYOPATHY & DIABETES. 3 YRS AGO HE HAD A DEFIBRILLATOR IMPLANTED IN HIS CHEST. PLEASE ADVISE WHAT OTHER POSSIBILITIES THIS CAN BE.

doctor1 MD

My name is Julie, I am a 49 year old with hcm. I am scheduled for a cauterized ablation in early Sept. due to the frequencies and lengths of my arrhythmias. I am concerned because I was hoping to have the alcohol ablation and affraid they are just treating my symptoms, rather than the hcm?

doctor1 MD

I had undergone a 2D echo its report is Post PPI, No RWMA, Normal LV systolic function, grade II V diastolic dysfunction, mild MR, Moderate TR, Mild PAH. XRay chest shows cardiac size Normal, Biateral lung field Normal, raight costophrenic angle blunted. blood reports are normal. I have high systolic BP goes high in the evening 165/72 or so. Ears get waarm and red nkm,

doctor1 MD

My father undergone Electrical cardioversion treatment due to having severe Atrial Fibrilation (AF). Needless to say the treatment did not work after 4 attempts and they have prescribed him various medications to control the rate of the heart. We...

doctor1 MD

I'm experiencing intermittent atrial fibrillation; I'm now on atenolol (25 mg, 1x), verapamil (120 1x/d), Crestor 5 mg, 1x, Apixaban 5 mg 2x/d....? other meds

doctor1 MD

Hello Dr.! My symptoms are as follows: losing my voice, incessant coughing often producing phlegm (especially when lying down), and sore throat . My question is: are you able to tell from this information whether this is of viral or bacterial...