PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Why does my heart skip a beat?

ANSWER

If your heart’s ever skipped a beat, you’ve had what are called heart palpitations. It’s a type of irregular heartbeat, also called arrhythmia. It might feel like your heart is throbbing, pounding, or fluttering. Or, you simply might not feel well.

Think of a palpitation as a “hiccup” for your heart. It beats on schedule, and then hiccup! A brief pause, and you’re back to normal. Until it happens again.

Luckily, for most people, these hiccups happen only once in a while. But other people can have dozens of uncomfortable palpitations each day. Some can be so strong they feel like a heart attack.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Skipping a beat -- the surprise of heart palpitations.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?”

Mayo Clinic: “Tachycardia,” “Bradycardia.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Slow Heartbeat.”

American College of Cardiology: “Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate).”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Skipping a beat -- the surprise of heart palpitations.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?”

Mayo Clinic: “Tachycardia,” “Bradycardia.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Slow Heartbeat.”

American College of Cardiology: “Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate).”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What causes my heart palpitations?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.