Heart Health

Signs and Symptoms of an Irregular Heartbeat

Do you feel dizzy or do you experience heart fluttering? You may have a heart arrhythmia, or in other words, an irregular heartbeat. There’s nothing to panic about if you’ve felt symptoms only on an occasional basis for a short period of time.

The fast fluttering of the heart is experienced by many and may develop with age. However, if the symptoms persist, you may have a dangerous arrhythmia that signals heart disease. If this is the case, it requires treatment and medical supervision. So, get informed on the 8 signs and symptoms of an irregular heartbeat…

1. Heart Palpitations

One obvious sign of an arrhythmia is heart palpitations, which cause a single premature heartbeat or “skipped beat.” Usually, infrequent heart palpitations are not concerning; however, if they gradually increase, it may be time to consult a medical professional.

To give you a comparison, a normal, healthy heart pumps blood constantly through the circulatory system like a muscular pump, pumping (or expanding and contracting) an average of 100,000 times per day for a total of roughly 2,000 gallons of blood. However, a heart with an arrhythmia has a disturbance in the effective pumping of blood. For instance, it can cause the heart to be too slow, too fast, or erratically, which may affect all your other organs (i.e., brain, kidneys, lungs, etc.) and may even cause damage.

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Jim Greene

Jim has spent the last 5 years writing for a variety of health-related websites. At Activebeat, James is an essential member of the editorial team, providing information on exercise, diet & nutrition and men’s health – among many other things.

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