What does rapid, irregular heart beats mean?

Depends. It could be nothing serious, or it could be an arrythmia where your heart is not beating as it should and not delivering enough oxygen to your brain and the rest of your body. At any rate you should visit your doctor so the appropriate tests can be done to figure it out for you. If you feel dizzy or fain you should go to the emergency room.
Heart rhythm problem. Tachycardia means fast heart rate. Irregular heart rhythm means heart beats are occurring irregularly. These are specific and not the same as the 'sensation' that your heart is going fast or irregularly. If the heart beat is, in fact, rapid and irregular as documented by an electrocardiogram (ekg), then there are a number of possibilities; most common in this category is 'atrial fibrillation'.
Atrial fibrillation. This is a common rhythm abnormality of the heart- irregularly rapid rate. Can most often be controlled with medications. You may have to check thyroid function as well.
Depends. It's a symptom that really frightens people. Sometimes its as simple as too much coffee and not enough sleep, but can also mean there is something up with your body chemicals or your heart's electrical system. Don't drive yourself nuts. Get it checked out. Do so immediately if you also have shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting &/or unexplained sweating.
Possibly afib. Depends on age and if you have hypertension but if yes for these 2 then more likely afib. If younger could be afib but could also be an svt.
Tachycardia. Numerous arrythmias potential. Would seek medical attention. Electrocardiograph while occurring has great diagnostic capability.
May be serious. Hi br00ke18. A racing heart or irregular heart beats can be a signs of an "arrhythmia" or abnormal pattern of heart's ability to beat properly. Some arrhythmias are common and fairly benign, others can lead to problems with blood flow, energy, and your breathing. I recommend you see your doctor soon to determine what may be happening with your heart.
You need to see . your doctor and be checked to see what the arrhythmia is and depending on the arrhythmia it may need treatment. .

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What leads to irregular heart beats?

Many causes. Your heartbeat is meant to be regular but there are many things that make it feel like it is missing, skipping, or fluttering. Most are benign but it is reasonable to see your GP and get an ECG to diagnose the problem if one actually exists. Read more...

I get irregular heart beats is that normal?

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What can cause me to have irregular heart beats?

Normal. Everybody has a few of these from time to time. If you often have more than five in a minute when you're not loaded with caffeine, it's worth talking about with your physician. If they take away your breath, make you faint, or are accompanied with pain, it's more worrisome. Good luck. Read more...

Why do I get irregular heart beats when I lie down?

Premature beats. Are you sure you only get irregular beats when you're lying down or is it that you're unaware of them when you're active? Wearing an ambulatory(holter) monitor for 24 hours would give you precise information about your heart rhythm. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, chocolate and alcohol if you're having frequent premature beats which make you feel like the heart is skipping. Check for an overactive thyroid. Read more...

What number of types of irregular heart beats are there?

Irregular beats. On the simplest level there are atrial, junctional and ventricular premature beats. The physiology is more complicated than that but most kinds can be fit into those three. Read more...
Many, TypicallyNamed. the portion of the heart from which they are believed to originate: Premature beats more common; Delayed rare. (a) Atria (most common, usually least serious), (b) atrioventricular node (called junctional; least common yet also usually only occurs in advanced heart diseases) or (c) ventricle (more concerning/reflecting ventricular muscle damage, most commonly ischemic; i.e. loss of blood supply). Read more...

Can you let me know how many types of irregular heart beats are there?

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What would cause my irregular heart beats to be worse and more often when laying down on my back?

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Can irregular heart beats be caused by gastric problems?

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Do I have an abnormal heart rhythm? I have been having irregular heart beats, whenever I stand up my heartbeat fastens. Is my heart normal?

It . It is normal for the heart rate to speed up some when you stand up, particularly if you stand up quickly. If the increase in rate is dramatic, this might indicate that you are dehydrated or perhaps have another medical condition. When you stand up, the cardiovascular system must compensate against gravity to maintain adequate blood flow to the brain. This is partially achieved by increasing the heart rate. When you are dehydrated, there is less total blood volume in your blood vessels so your heart has to pump even more quickly and so you might be more aware of you rapid heart rate then. Try increasing your fluid intake, but if the symptom persists go ahead and see your doctor. Read more...
Good question. When anyone stands up, their heart rate quickens - that part is normal. Regarding your irregular heart beat: the most important factor in determining if it's dangerous to you or not is whether or not your heart is normal. So your question is right at the "heart" of the matter! you need an evaluation with history, exam, ekg, echo, blood work, and possibly a stress test. Read more...