"Why does my heart skip a crazy beat?" Maybe it’s love, like Diana Ross sings about.
Most of the time, a fast-beating, pounding, or skipping heart isn't reason to worry. But sometimes these palpitations can be signs of trouble.
Many say a palpitation feels like a heaviness in the chest, head, or even the neck. Sometimes there’s a flip-flopping in the chest, or the heart may stop or skip for a brief second.
The quivering upsets the normal rhythm between the atria and the lower parts of the heart, the ventricles. And the ventricles may beat fast and without a regular rhythm.
This is dangerous because if the heartbeat isn't strong and steady, blood can collect, or pool, in the atria. And pooled blood is more likely to form clots. Clots can travel to the brain, block blood flow, and cause a stroke.