Digestive issues causing PVCs & VT?

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How common is this? I am becoming increasingly certain that I have finally found the cause of my heart issues. I started working out in early March and as a result I started eating a lot more, mainly in the form of protein/carb shakes to meet the recommended daily calorie intake of about 3000 for building muscle, up from around 2000 before. 1.5 months later I started getting very regular PVCs and non-sustained VT episodes and ended up in hospital for a night as the docs were worried what they saw on my ecg, but was discharged the next day after a rhythm specialist analysed them. I immediately stopped my workout routine and my diet went back to normal and the palpitations improved significantly... but they are stilll here, nearly 4 months on. Which makes me wonder if some sort of damage has already been done, or something has been thrown out of balance in my digestive tract.

I do often notice bowel disturbances after i get palpitations too, and I definitely fart a lot more than I used to neutral. Has anyone else experienced this or this its a plausible cause? I have ready about a connection with the digestive and the vagus nerve, but there's little else I can find.

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    Are you taking or have you taken in the past any hormone supplements for bodybuilding or anything else extra to build your muscles? That sort of thing can affect you heart.
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    Hi yes I am convinced of the connection it still can’t find the triggers which is very frustrating. I’ve kept saying it’s to do with my digestion but no medics seem to be able to give me an answer. I’ve had paroxismal AF now for 10 years and been on medication for 2.5 years.2 ablations last year and just had a pacemaker implanted so they can increase meds as heartrate already too low so now can’t go under 60. Certainly manages to go higher when I have the AF though! I just want it to stop it though as it’s agfecting my life so much now. The episodes increased over the years whereas at first I could go 6 months and not have anything and eventually a few times a week and lasting hours. Not much help Imagraid but hope you find some way of getting rid of it. If it is vagal then I don’t think it’s easily sorted. Look at York Cardiology. 
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    Ashley, it's well known that a lot of heart arrhythmias are caused by crosstalk between the vagus nerve that serves the digestive (parasympathetic) system and the cardiac nerves. 

    There's just almost nothing they can do about it!

    It's very common for eating to trigger it - or sometimes to relieve it!  Can go either way.  And for it to be related to gas and bowel movements, one way or another.

    Fun, huh?

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    Oh yes, the "good" news is that the doctors all swear that it's mostly harmless, no matter how awful and scary it feels.  I'm not sure this is correct, but all they do is shrug and roll their eyes.  And so far they're right, I've been suffering this a little or a lot for at least eight years and I guess I'm still here.

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    I think food has a part to play , especially too many carbs . Have a look at York Cardiology , UK , on YouTube or google it , the cardiolist has done lots of talks about different forms of arrhythmia and he does mention the vagus nerve . I found it helpful if you haven’t already found it . 

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