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 have irregular heartbeats, and my heart skips a beat sometimes. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I get irregular heartbeats sometimes, and I feel like my heart has skipped one beat. I felt normal before, but today, while I was at work, my heart started beating really fast for two seconds and was normal after that. I do not take any medication. I am not sure if I should see a cardiolo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Most of the time, irregular or fast heartbeats are normal and are of no concern, especially in young persons, but sometimes these are not. I want to ask a few things, reply to these so that I may guide you furth...  Read Full »

I have had missing heartbeats in the past and found rare double heartbeats in my ECG recently. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. A few years ago, I have had heart beats skipping but never took it seriously and did not consider it at all. This year I had some chest pain which happened more than once. I went to ask a doctor. He made blood tests, all the tests came back normal. Later on, I had...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are very consistent with PVCs (premature ventricular contractions). These commonly present with palpitations in young healthy individuals. They are not life-threatening but can be worrying. I advise you to upload the results of all investigations avail...  Read Full »

Is it possible that my calcium level is shortening QT interval?

Query: Hello doctor,Is it normal to have QT Interval of 320 ms on frequency 76 bpm for a 20-year-old male? Is it possible that my level of calcium is the thing which is shortening my QT? My calcium is 2,54 mmol/L. Is it too less? I still feel something around my heart, mainly when I am in stress. Currently...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your ECG (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I do not think, you have SQTS (short QT syndrome). I guess you do not have any family history of sudden cardiac death or ventricular tachycardia or of electrical shocks for cardiac reasons...  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 The 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, yo...  Read Full »

I am experiencing infrequent heart flutters and skipped beats which are not resolving on their own. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, In the last two weeks, I have been to the ER and urgent care for this issue, and it does not seem to be resolving on its own. Earlier, I was on a long run (7 miles) when I had a series of consistent heart flutters that lasted about five to ten seconds. I stopped running and made an appoi...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry about your symptoms. I understand your concern. You are getting occasional attacks of palpitations. These are very common in young, healthy individuals in your age group. The majority of the time, they are not harmful and go away with lifestyle modifications l...  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 any hear...  Read Full »

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 »

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 »

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