what does it mean when your heart skips a beat

What does it mean when your heart skips a beat?

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Dr. Chris Oh
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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.

I was wondering what does it mean when your heart skips beats?

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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.
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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?

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Dr. Craig Greene
Sports Medicine
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Cardiologist


Consider seeing a cardiologist to rule out major cardiac problems with exercise
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What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

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

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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.
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I have frequent minor palpitations. no serious heart conditions tho. is amitriptyline at a low dose safe for me? i've read it causes arrhythmia.

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Dr. Daniel Weiss
Cardiac Electrophysiology
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Depends on history


Amitriptyline is more likely to cause serious palpitations in those over age 60, with a history of heart disease or arrhythmias, and usually at higher doses. Accordingly it's hard to say in your case without knowing more of your medical history
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Chances of arrhythmia with a clear ekg,chest x ray, and blood tests? I know they can go undetected. 18 years old. Feel occasional heart palpitations

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Dr. Carla V. Enriquez
Adolescent Medicine
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Low


The chances of a significant arrhythmia are very low given your negative test results. Teenagers will often have a bit of FlipFlop feeling in their chest or palpitation. These are usually normal. The use of energy drinks and chocolate can increase these episodes. Your doctor is best suited to determine the need for further testing, such as 24 hr Holter monitoring.
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I recently wore a monitor for palpitations. Can you translate these results please? 1). Tha basic cardiac rhythm was sinus with episodes of cardiac arrhythmia (PR 0.14 sec). 2) patient events were at times associated with ectopy and heart rate of 6

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Dr. John Garner
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Sorry :(


Your question gets cut off after a certain number of characters so we don't have all the read. It sounds, though, like you had some extra heartbeats at the time you pressed the "record" button. This may explain what you felt at those times.
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If seeing someone I love make my heart skip a beat, does that mean I have an arrhythmia?

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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.
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