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How can you know what's causing your heart to skip a beat?

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Take notes on what was going on before your palpitations began. Bring the notes with you to your doctor’s appointment.

He may suggest you have an electrocardiogram (called an ECG or EKG). This test shows the electric activity in your heart and its rhythm. This information can help your doctor understand what might be going on.

Having extra, early beats usually isn’t dangerous, but it can be frustrating. It affects some people's quality of life. Once you know what triggers it, you can take steps to treat it and feel better.

From: What Are Heart Palpitations? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Heart Palpitations: Frequently Asked Questions."

Main Line Health: "Heart Palpitations: How Common Are They and Should You Worry?"

American Heart Association: "Warning Signs of a Heart Attack," "What is Atrial Fibrillation?" "What's the link between chronic stress and heart disease?"

National Library of Medicine:  "Heart Attack First Aid," "Atrial Fibrillation."

Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute: "When to Evaluate Heart Palpitations."

Brown University Health Promotion:  "Caffeine." 

Harvard Health Publications:  "Skipping a beat - the surprise of palpitations."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES: 

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Heart Palpitations: Frequently Asked Questions."

Main Line Health: "Heart Palpitations: How Common Are They and Should You Worry?"

American Heart Association: "Warning Signs of a Heart Attack," "What is Atrial Fibrillation?" "What's the link between chronic stress and heart disease?"

National Library of Medicine:  "Heart Attack First Aid," "Atrial Fibrillation."

Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute: "When to Evaluate Heart Palpitations."

Brown University Health Promotion:  "Caffeine." 

Harvard Health Publications:  "Skipping a beat - the surprise of palpitations."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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