Palpitations are the perception of heart movement. Palpitation after eating is one of the major non cardiac causes of palpitations.
There are a lot of foods and drinks that can be associated with palpitations:
You are experiencing these symptoms because eating too much of a food feel and stretch your stomach which is in close contact with your heart. This is why after a heavy meal you may be aware of heart beats (i.e you feel palpitations). (The same reasoning is during abdominal flatulence because small and especially large intestine is in close contact with diaphragm and heart too.).
Alcohol, energy drink, caffeinated drink and tea cause palpitations through their direct effect on cardiac work. They enhance sympathetic system activity, which cause tachycardia and other arrhythmias (which are field as palpitations).
The general rule to avoid palpitations in this patient is: "don't eat foods (or drink) that be the cause of your symptoms".
Usually, these symptoms are mild and don’t require special treatment. In few cases they require symptomatic treatment because they may be followed by other symptoms (tachycardia, chest discomfort, heart burn, tachycardia, abdominal cramps etc.).
In case of tachycardia the use of a betablockers (for example: atenolol 25 mg, metoprolol 25 mg, bisoprolol 2,5 mg etc.) is of help. In case of heart burn or GERD use of antacids and PPI (for example omeprasol 20 mg, pantoprasol 20 mg etc.) is of help. Also is the use of charcoal tablets is indicated in patients with excessive flatulence.
If you are experiencing palpitations after eating is recommended to do the following examinations:
These examinations are of help in determining the right type of arrhythmia you do in this conditions and precipitating factors. Also these examinations are of help in ruling out serious cardiac problems and to determine the best treatment for you.