Does your heart unexpectedly start to race or pound, or feel like it keeps skipping beats? These sensations are called heart palpitations. For most people, heart palpitations are a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence. Others have dozens of these heart flutters a day, sometimes so strong that they feel like a heart attack. Most palpitations are caused by a harmless hiccup in the heart's rhythm. A few reflect a problem in the heart or elsewhere in the body.
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Heart palpitations can be best described as a feeling that your heart is beating too hard or too fast. You may feel that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering rapidly, or beating extremely fast. You may also feel that your heart is producing heavy, pounding beats. For many people, the unusual beats will end and go away entirely on their own.
At Metropolitan Cardiovascular Consultants, board-certified cardiologist Ayim Djamson, MD , diagnoses and treats conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Djamson can get to the root of the problem, and provide answers and treatment if necessary. Take a moment to learn more about heart palpitations and what to do if it feels like your heart skips a beat. Everyone is familiar with the typical rhythm of their heartbeat. Palpitations are different from your regular heartbeat. It may feel as if your heart is beating too fast, too strongly, or is fluttering.
Andrea Tordini, MD. Believing that something could be wrong with your heart is a scary feeling. Heart palpitations can make you fear the worst, but palpitations are actually quite common and usually nothing to worry about. Rarely, they could be a sign of a more serious condition like AFib. Knowing when to worry about heart palpitations can help you catch certain conditions early so that you can seek treatment. Have you ever felt your heart skip a beat or flutter in your chest? Any sensation that makes you aware of your heart beating is a type of palpitation. You can even feel these sensations in your throat or neck.