Skipped Heartbeat

Skipped heartbeat occurs when there is an irregular beating of the heart like too fast. This leads to chest discomfort or chest pain. Strenuous exercise, drinking, smoking, lack of sleep, etc., are some of the causes of the skipped heartbeat. Relaxation, avoiding intake of caffeine, alcohol, smoking, etc., prevents palpitation.

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I feel fatigued, and my heart skips beats at times, and I am a chronic drinker. Kindly help.

Query: Hi Doctor, I feel fatigued almost all the time, and at times I feel a pinch in my heart( or at least I think it is the heart). Every few weeks, I might experience a heartbeat skip. At times, it is mild, and rarely it is strong. I drink heavily, and I do not exercise. I quit smoking a few years ago....  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Heavy drinking in the long term will be detrimental to the liver and the heart. Moreover, it can certainly reduce your life expectancy, so gradually try to reduce alcohol consumption. It can cause atrial fibrillation in the early stages, which you got earlier. You mi...  Read Full »

I experience a skipped heartbeat and increased heartrate sometimes. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am fatigued almost always, and sometimes I feel a pinch in my heart (I think it is the heart). Every few weeks, I experience a skip of the heartbeat, some times it is mild, and rarely it is strong. I consume alcohol a lot, and I do not exercise. I quit smoking a few years ago. When I dr...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I sincerely understand how you are feeling. Please do not worry. Your lifestyle habits of heavy drinking and past smoking put you at risk of heart disease but do not necessarily mean that you have heart disease. Skipped heartbeats you experience are known as palpitat...  Read Full »

I am skipping heartbeat occasionally throughout the day. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing an irregular heartbeat for about a month. It is happening every day now. It occasionally occurs throughout the day, sometimes a couple of times. I also had a similar issue before, but it never lasted this long, so I am getting worried.Additionally, I would menti...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to skipping of beats is suggestive of arrhythmia. The best way to evaluate them is to get an ECG (Electrocardiography) done. If there is some abnormality, it can be treated easily with medications. There is nothing to worry about. If ECG shows such abnormalities, you mu...  Read Full »

How to cure the squeezing type of pain in my heart?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a feeling that I have skipped my heartbeats, and my heart is squeezing. It has been there on and off for years, and it is more frequent now. I am not taking any medications. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You have PAC (premature atrial contractions). These are harmless and do not pose a threat. However, do you ever experience shortness of breath or dizziness? Do you have any history of fainting? Have you ever been diagnosed with ...  Read Full »

Does reduced heart rate during sleep indicate the need for a pacemaker?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29 years old male. My height is 5”11, and my weight is 246 lbs. I am a smoker. I am not an atheletic. I got a watch to record my sleep. It showed last night my heart rate while sleeping was around 48 BPM to 55 BPM, and it went low to 44 BPM at one point. I am very scared. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Heart rate to go this down during sleep is very normal. Regarding skipped beats, if these occur daily, then have ECG (echocardiography) done when you feel such skipped beats or have Holter monitoring done. Regarding risk factors for cardiac disease, one is positive, and...  Read Full »

What causes the heart to skip a beat in an healthy individual?

Query: Hello doctor, I sometimes feel like my heart has skipped a beat. It happens suddenly and goes away in a second like a beat is mismatched. It only happens once or twice in two to three days or a day. So it is not persistent. I am not obese. I neither smoke nor drink. I have been facing this since I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I passed carefully through your concern and would like to explain that those skipped beats may be exacerbated by anxiety. Coming to this point, I would recommend finding effective measures to control anxiety. Activities like cycling, swimming, yoga could be helpful ...  Read Full »

Do chest pains always indicate underlying heart disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old man. My height is 183 cm, and my weight is 78 kg. I used to run a lot last year. This year I do moderate exercise (two times per week, cycling or running for 20 to 30 minutes quite slowly). Sometimes while running, I have a feeling of skipped heartbeat or a sense of be...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern and will help you regarding this. However, heart issues should be dealt with seriousness and swiftness. I suggest you go for an ECG (electrocardiogram). I also suggest you do your lipid profile and monitor your blood pressure and pulse. I also ...  Read Full »

Can anxiety make your heart feel like it skips a beat?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently had two electrocardiograms revealing an early repolarization pattern. My doctor did not mention anything but found out on the internet that this increases the chances of sudden death. Also, I have some feeling of skipped beats from time to time which makes me feel very anxious. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is called benign early repolarization (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is normally present in 10-15% of the population. It is of no significance and needs no treatment. Some studies suggest that cardiac arrest is a little more comm...  Read Full »

What does normal sinus rhythm with PVC mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a stress echo in my early twenties due to the feeling of skipped beats. At that time, it was normal, and the doctor said to ignore them. Fast forward to these past few months at age 39, and this was my second few-week stretch with tons of skips, especially during digestion with no ...  Read Full »

Dr. Yermal Tanmai Deelip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query, and I can understand your concern. First of all, I would like to assure you that you need not worry much about your present symptoms. But yes, it indefinitely requires evaluation and treatment. The description of your symptoms most likely s...  Read Full »

Why do I feel my heart pounding, and it skips beats sometimes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. I am facing fast and loud heart rates and intermediate skip in the beats, making me feel weak and tired. I have recently consulted a doctor for hyperacidity. My ears ring continuously, and I feel a crackling sound in the head. I had a whiplash a year ago. Since then,...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a fast heartbeat, skipping heartbeat, or heart palpitations with weakness and tiredness. You also have a history of hyperacidity, neck ache due to whiplash injury, and hearing of a ...  Read Full »

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