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A 24-year-old member asked:

sometimes i feel as if my heart is skipping a beat, itll feel really shallow for a second and i feel short of breath. is this normal?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
See your doctor: I would recommend seeing your physician.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Sometimes: What you feel (palpitations) are due to extra systole (extra heart beats coming from top or bottom heart chambers). All normal people have them, but not all can feel them. If they become prolonged (20-30 sec at a time) or cause chest pain, dizziness, passing out, you should obtain an event or holter monitor to evaluate for sustained arrhythmias that may require treatment.

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Last updated Feb 9, 2017

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