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Dr. Chris Oh
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What does it mean when your heart skips a beat?

Dr. Chris Oh
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What does it mean when your heart skips a beat?

Ectopy: The heart beats by electrical conduction system through the cardiac muscles - sometimes it can skip a beat or beat irregularly - these are known as arrythmias. There are benign kinds (such as psvt, pvc) and more dangerous kinds such as atrial fibrillation. An ekg will give you the answer. ...Read more

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Arrhythmia (Definition)

Arrhythmia is also known as Abnormal heart rhythms. An arrhythmia is a condition in which a person's heart has an abnormal rhythm. Arrhythmias can be present at birth, start later due to some heart damage, occur due to chemical imbalances, appear as a ...Read more


Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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I was wondering what does it mean when your heart skips beats?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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I was wondering what does it mean when your heart skips beats?

Skips: What is usually happening is an extra beat which feels like a 'skip'. This is very common and doesn't necessarily have any evil import. If you have a lot of extrasystoles(skips), it is worthwhile seeing your dr. To get checked out to be sure there isn't an underlying problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Colantino
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What does it mean when your heart skips beats?

Dr. Donald Colantino
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What does it mean when your heart skips beats?

Extrasystoles: Usually it means you're having premature heart beats(Pac's, pvc,s) and the skip is actually a pause following the early beat. These premature beats can be caused by caffeine,alcohol,nicotine,anxiety,overactive thyroid or actual heart disease. It's best to get checked with an EKG or heart monitor to identify the heart rhythm and type of extrasystoles and then get other tests or cardiology consult ...Read more

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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If seeing someone I love make my heart skip a beat, does that mean I have an arrhythmia?

Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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If seeing someone I love make my heart skip a beat, does that mean I have an arrhythmia?

Yes: Technically it may be called arrhythmia but it is very common. It is normal to have at least five extra beats per minute. Just to make sure you don't have anything else i would get an EKG and consider a holter monitor but sometimes simply by listening your heart a physician may diagnose extra beats ( PVC or apc) or atrial or other arrhythmias that may require treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Always get heart palpitations when im running or doing exercises like my heart skips a beat then beats hard for a second. How to.Stop.This?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Always get heart palpitations when im running or doing exercises like my heart skips a beat then beats hard for a second. How to.Stop.This?

Medical check up to : Palpiations are often caused by irregular heart beats what you describe is very likely due to extra beats which can be best confirmed by your doctor who will likely do an ekg to confirm the nature and degree of abnormailty. In young people this can be caused by excess of coffee use or any caffeine containing drinks like coca cola . Alcohol can also bring them on. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Sometimes I suddenly get palpitations! Like my heart skips a beat! 112 BPM when lay down. Should I tell my GP?

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Yes.: An EKG and Holter monitor are non-invasive and can give good information. Lab may be needed for Ca, Mg and K levels if you are on other meds or have loose stools. Treatment at home that works well is Mg (magnesium). For skip beats etc. I use Mag Glycinate or Mag Maleate @ 200 mg 3x/d. [this can cause loose stools so you might only tolerate 400 mg. You can easily take 800 mg. This helps 90% of ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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4 the past wk, the littlest anxiety causes my heart to arrhythmia-skip beat mult times. Diet same, exercise reg for 1 month. On anti-hist. Ideas?

Dr. Holly Maes
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4 the past wk, the littlest anxiety causes my heart to arrhythmia-skip beat mult times. Diet same, exercise reg for 1 month. On anti-hist. Ideas?

Needs eval soon: This could be something not serious like an adverse effect from your antihistamine. But it could also be something very serious. Heart beat irregularities occurring that often or multiple times in a row can be serious. You absolutely need to get into your doctor THIS WEEK to have it evaluated. You need a good exam of heart including rate, blood pressure and EKG, and then go form there. MAKE APPT!! ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Greene
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I am on flecainide and diltiazam to control arrhythmia. I have a steady heart beat but experience palpitations in my chest when i exercise. Why?

Dr. Craig Greene
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Cardiologist : Consider seeing a cardiologist to rule out major cardiac problems with exercise. ...Read more

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Dr. Humberto Quintana
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Can palpitations or an arrhythmia cause brief, severe, and rhythmic pain in the heart?

Dr. Humberto Quintana
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Can palpitations or an arrhythmia cause brief, severe, and rhythmic pain in the heart?

Yes, : Symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of the condition. If the arrhythmia is intermittent and comes and goes, the symptoms develop suddenly, and can go just as suddenly. Symptoms can include: palpitations (an abnormal awareness of your heartbeat). But note: sensations of palpitations are also common in people who do not have an arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

Sensation vs. Rhythm: Palpitations are the sensation of skipping or abnormal heart beats. These might be from abnormal beats, or just the normal rhythm beating fast or stronger than normal. Heart arrythmias are actual, documented (by ekg, holter, event monitor) abnormal heart contractions. ...Read more

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