A 19-year-old female asked:
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my heart keeps skipping a beat does that draw a concern? when it happens i always cough idk why

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Palpitations: Skipping is common and not, in itself, a concern. Smoking very definitely makes it worse! Coughing is a good thing to do when you feel them. Avoid nicotine, caffeine, energy drinks, and get plenty of rest to make them better. When they do occur, they're harmless as long as they're just brief (probably single) extra beats.
Answered on Jun 19, 2014
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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Generally no.: As long as you do not have any serious symptoms, are otherwise healthy and active and you have only a single skipped beat here and there, I am not concerned. Very likely a Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC). Would be reasonable to obtain a screening EKG although it is not likely to be of help. Should quit smoking while you are young!
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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