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A person may experience a bubbling sensation in the chest which can be due to several reasons and may even require immediate medical attention as it may prove to be fatal. This sensation can amount to several symptoms that range from mild to severe. However, one must consult a doctor if they experience a bubbling sensation in their chest.

This condition can be serious, and sometimes a person may feel like the bubble is about to bust. It may also be painful causing crushing and compression as if the ribs are about to break. The intensity of pain and sensation one experiences differs according to the magnitude of the symptom. 

Some of these symptoms require immediate medical attention whereas some may be cured on its own. However, a doctor must be consulted at least once.

There can be several causes of a bubbling feeling in the heart. Let’s find out!

Precordial catch syndrome

Under precordial catch symptom, one may experience pain in the chest while breathing. It can be experienced by people who are in their early twenties or adults. One may be able to experience it once in a week, or once in their lifetime. This syndrome does not cause any prior warning and is usually sharp and sudden. 

Bubbling Feeling in Chest

It can occur due to compression or irritation in the nerve, in the outer chest cavity and is not usually a matter of concern. There is no treatment for precordial syndrome and it usually goes away with age.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

This is a digestive disorder that can trigger a bubbling sensation in the stomach. Under this condition, the stomach acids flow through the stomach into the oesophagus tube causing a burning sensation along with pain in the chest, sore throat, coughing, etc. This is called acid reflux. 

Other than this, GERD can also make it hard to swallow food as it gives a feeling of the presence of a lump in the throat. This condition can arise due to overuse of painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Other reasons could be bacterial overgrowth, bacterial overgrowth. 


The other name for dyspepsia is indigestion, which can cause a bubbling sensation in the chest followed by pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen. It can also result in a gurgling effect in the abdomen after having food. One may experience symptoms such as bloating, nausea, heart burn, and acid reflux. This condition can arise due to consuming excess alcohol, eating too quickly, consuming too spicy or fatty food, smoking or antibiotics.

Dyspepsia can be caused by a bacteria called H. pylori, this bacteria is present in more than half of the people and is caused by excess alcohol consumption or consuming too many painkillers, frequently on an empty stomach. The doctor may take blood or stool samples to detect this disorder. The doctor may recommend a change in food choice, which can help repair and soothe the stomach lining. Others drugs such as antacid may also be prescribed.

Pleural effusion

Pleural effusion also is known as water on the lungs which happens due to poor pumping of the heart, as a result, fluids get accumulated and build up outside the lungs in the pleura. Pleura are thin membrane present on the outer lining of the lungs. Its function is to act as a lubricant and aid in breathing. 

The symptoms for this disorder is shortness of breath, coughing, sharp chest pain or a bubbling feeling in chest. Other symptoms may include, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, cancer or trauma in the chest cavity. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics, water pills (diuretics) and removal of the fluid.

Gallbladder inflammation

Gallbladder inflammation also called cholecystitis occurs when the exit of the gall bladder gets blocked, usually because of a gallstone. One may experience severe pain in their abdomen in this condition. Sometimes, when the condition is serious, it may even result in swelling and irritation. This disorder may be caused due to blocked bile ducts, gallstones, or an infection. A sensation of pain can be caused in the abdomen and spread through the back and shoulders. 

The doctor may conduct an ultrasound test or a CT scan to determine the reason for the discomfort. Medicines such as pain reliefs, antibiotics can be prescribed by the doctor. In some situations, the doctor may recommend you for a procedure to remove gallstones, to get rid of the inflammation or discomfort.


Under this condition, the airways of a person become inflamed or even narrow up or swell down and end up producing excess mucus, making respiration harder. Asthma can prove to be fatal and life-threatening, restricting daily activities. The symptoms include coughing, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, or pain in the chest. Asthma can be triggered by activities such as exercising or due to allergies, or change in weather can also affect asthma.

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation cause due to poor heart rate resulting in poor blood flood, also known as AFib. Under this condition, the heart rate does not sync, meaning, the upper atria and lower ventricle lose coordination, in pumping blood.

The symptoms include-

  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • A bubbling sensation in your chest

The treatment for this condition include drugs which work to make the blood thinner, that helps to control heart rate,  invasive surgery (ablation), electric shock (cardioversion). This condition usually occurs due to coronary high blood pressure or heart disease.


Bronchitis is a respiratory infection which causes inflammation on the lining of the bronchial tubes. The bronchial tube act as a passage of air for the lungs. Acute bronchitis is common and causes a viral respiratory infection which often improves on its own. It shows symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and thickening of mucus, slight fever, pain in the chest. The treatment includes cough syrups and antibiotics. In the case of chronic bronchitis, one may need to visit a doctor as it can last up to 3 months.

Collapsed lung

In this condition, the air from the lungs leaks and escapes into the chest cavity, this condition causes the lung to collapse. There could be several reasons for this condition like underlying lung damage, an existing injury or medical procedure. One may experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, low blood pressure or rapid heart rate. The doctor may perform an X-ray to diagnose for this disorder. Often, air must be expelled from your chest cavity with a hollow plastic tube to tackle this condition.

There is no lasting collapsed lung. In general, it can strengthen the collapsed lung in a phase of treatment within 48 hours.

One should always consult a doctor if they experience a bubbling feeling in chest as one may not be able to make out the reason for this discomfort. Only the doctor can diagnose you with the reason for the bubbling effect. Some conditions require immediate medical attention and must not be neglected.

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