Almost everyone has felt their heart beat very fast, felt a "fluttering" in their chest or thought that their heart was "skipping a beat." These can be signs of arrhythmia, or abnormal or irregular heartbeat.
Don't panic if you've occasionally had these symptoms. Arrhythmias are extremely common, especially as you get older. Each year millions of people have them.
Most cases are harmless, but some arrhythmias are extremely dangerous and require treatment and management. See your doctor if you have felt any of these symptoms to rule out other problems, such as heart disease, and to give you peace of mind.
Arrhythmias can produce a broad range of symptoms, from barely perceptible to cardiovascular collapse and death.
A single premature beat may be felt as a "palpitation" or "skipped beat."
Premature beats that occur often or in rapid succession may cause a greater awareness of heart palpitations or a "fluttering" sensation in the chest or neck.
Fainting (syncope) or near-fainting spells
Rapid heartbeat or pounding
Shortness of breath
In extreme cases, collapse and sudden cardiac arrest.
Take care of yourself !