I can feel my heartbeat harder than usual, several times a day. Is that arrhythmia?

Q. What are the reasons behind a harder heartbeat?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on May 19, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 26, 2023

Hello doctor,

I can feel my heartbeat harder than usual, several times a day. I have undergone electrocardiography (ECG), and the nurses told me that my condition is normal as my heart often takes a few milliseconds longer breaks in between beats, so they work hard to catch up. However, for me, this sounds like arrhythmia. I want to know if this is normal or arrhythmia? I do a lot of fitness workouts, and I wanted to make sure that I am not putting myself in danger. Thank you.



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What they told you was correct. These are due to premature beats. When a premature beat comes, the next beat is delayed, called a compensatory pause. This delayed beat is harder than normal ones. Such beats are common in healthy people. These are diagnosed on electrocardiography (ECG). If they occur infrequently, you can do a long-term ECG recording such as Holter monitoring. In most cases, there is no danger. They can be serious only in a few instances. Regards.

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