Apparently the acronym for what I have is SIAT (swallowing induced atrial tachycardia). I had my first bout of this about 20 years ago. All the usual tests (echocardiogram, EKG, thyroid etc) all showed a normal heart. After several years of battling this I discovered I had acid reflux. They treated me with PPI medication and it seemed to eventually work. The past 15 years I was free of this nightmare. This fall it all returned with a vengeance. Now I find it difficult to eat enough because every time I swallow food, drink or dry, my heart goes into atrial arrhythmia and occasionally afib. It is very stressful. I have had 7 bouts of afib in the past month. I can't emphasize enough how the trigger is always the mechanical action of swallowing. If I don't swallow I am always in normal sinus rhythm. This is a living nightmare. I am losing weight because despite being hungry I have to stop eating due to the arrhythmia. I am being scheduled for an EP ablation but do not know when. It is probably worth noting that other than this ugly problem I am in perfect health. I have always been an endurance athlete also.
If you google SIAT you will see that it is very rare (only 50 documented cases to date worldwide). Lucky me. Does anyone have experience with this or a suggestion?? Thanks
Peter 56 years old.