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A 20-year-old female asked:

Extra beat when i take in a deep breath? sometimes i will feel a doublet or triplet after the extra beat? happens when i lay on my right side too?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Sinus arrhythmia: Taking a deep breath affects the blood flow back to the heart, so fluctuations in the pulse often occur with breathing. Occasional extra beats at rest are generally not worrisome if they go away with exercise. The reverse, extra beats that occur with exercise, needs evaluation. If there is a family history of heart disease or irregular heart beat, see your doctor to confirm.
Last updated Apr 28, 2019


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