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Is it normal to feel heart palpitations or heart skip beat/pause when laying on left side (side of heart) i only notice some when i'm in this position?

Is it normal to feel heart palpitations or heart skip beat/pause when laying on left side (side of heart) i only notice some when i'm in this position?

Yes: If you lay on your left side, your heart actually sits right on your chest wall, and it is much easier to feel/sense your heartbeat, which might have occasional skipped beats. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more


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What causes heart palpitations? I feel like heart skips beat. In my chest and neck. Is this dangerous? Started last night been on and off.

What causes heart palpitations? I feel like heart skips beat. In my chest and neck. Is this dangerous? Started last night been on and off.

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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Gerd and heart palpitations. What are the connections. Seems when my gerd acts up it feels like my heart skips beats. can feel in wrist pulse ?

Gerd and heart palpitations.  What are the connections.  Seems when my gerd acts up it feels like my heart skips beats.  can feel in wrist pulse ?

Common.: The esophagus and heart are connected through common nerves. Some of what you feel may be esophageal in nature although you may also have some pauses or "extra" beats if the esophagus is stimulated enough. In any case this sensation is pretty common and benign. It may indicate that your GERD is undertreated. ...Read more

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Heart skipping beats occasionally. How bad is that?

Heart skipping beats occasionally.  How bad is that?

Should be evaluated: There are many reasons why you might notice your heart 'skipping beats.' some of these are minor problems, for example, increased premature atrial contractions in some people who drink caffeinated beverages. But there are also serious rhythm problems that need to be ruled out. You should see a physician and discuss this problem. ...Read more

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Heart skipping beats. What's the usual cause for such?

Heart skipping beats.  What's the usual cause for such?

Palpitations: Could be as simple as pvcs or somthing more significant as atrial fibrillation which needs medical attention. ...Read more

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When should I be worried about my heart skipping beats?

When should I be worried about my heart skipping beats?

Skipping: This phenomenon becomes worrisome when it is caused by structural and or functional cardiac abnormalities. You need to see a Doc to find out if cardiac abnormalities of those types are present. ...Read more

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Is a heart skipping beats once in a while a normal part of aging?

Is a heart skipping beats once in a while a normal part of aging?

Needs Evaluation: Though it can occur and not be a problem it warrants evaluation by a cardiologist so you don't miss something more serious going on with the heart. ...Read more

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My bp average has been 147/98,now I am noticing my heart skipping beats or like pausing, racing, and SOB. What could be causing this? Is it serious?

My bp average has been 147/98,now I am noticing my heart skipping beats or like pausing, racing, and SOB. What could be causing this? Is it serious?

All these issues are: controlled from mind/brain 24/7. As embodied Soul?Mind?Brain?Body creatures sending >1,000,000 orders/sec brain?body with similar feedback, our bodies are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Frustration, fear, anger (especially suppressed) commonly play a role & snowball effect in such behaviors. Serious, yet issue is what is driving, existing heart/lung status, arterial disease, etc. ...Read more

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I feel my heart skip beats only when I lay down is this occasional thing dangerous ?

I feel my heart skip beats only when I lay down is this occasional thing dangerous ?

Potentially it could: Whenever you experience skipped beats, it could be a manifestation of something potentially more serious. Symptoms such as this may be totally benign but still warrant further investigation by a primary are physician and then possibly also a cardiologist. ...Read more