Fascinating article (long!) about PVC's/palpitations and Vagus nerve


I came across this link on a FB site. It's not about AF per se, but I think it's a really clear explanation of the mechanics of PVC's/palpitations, from a medical viewpoint, but 'user-friendly'. Though for some reason it's directed mainly at women - maybe it's from a woman orientated forum?

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  • Interesting post, obviously US based and a little condescending to women I thought but explained it well. NOT AF of course as you say but still relevant..

  • Its a really informative piece. Thank you for sharing it.


  • Thank you for the post really interesting

  • Very interesting. I'll be trying the cold water in my face and gentle pressure on my eyes next time my pulse takes off. Thank you for posting.


  • Thank you for posting that link. Actually, not much of that surprises me at all - can identify with a lot off that. Will download it for reference.


  • Thank you for posting. There is much reference on this site to the vagus nerve and to be honest much of it goes over my head. I found this article very helpful in explaining it's purpose and importance, clearly and simply.

  • I found this article made very interesting reading. Some of the advice could certainly be beneficial to those of us with AF.

  • Very interesting article. I had been reading the Wikipedia article on the Vagus Nerve, about 2am this morning, and it also mentioned the vagus nerve in connectio with AF and Heartblock. I was in hospital for 12 days due to gallbladder problems,(didn't operate due to AF and heart failure), and during the periods of intense pain my resting heart rate had gone from 44, my normal, up to between 55 and 60, depending on the level of pain. The articles on the vagus nerve certainly explain why.


  • I know this is a late comment, but i wanted to share something. I'm only 25 no heart disease or abnormalities, byt i still get palpitations (skips and flutters) but in in the past 2 years i have had afib 2 times both times was causes by vomiting. At the hospital the doctor mentioned the vegus nerve and thats what lead me here. Apparently when vomiting or even sneezing for some people can stimulate the vagal nerve and create the environment for afib, im not sure if theres a way to fix this, but it's a good first step to understanding whats going on within our bodies particularly our hearts. Good luck to all and stay healthy.

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