What Do Heart Arrhythmias Feel Like?

Can you feel a heart arrhythmia?

An arrhythmia can be silent, meaning you don’t notice any symptoms. A doctor can find an irregular heartbeat during a physical exam by taking your pulse or through an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). If you do have symptoms, they may include: Palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or “flip-flops”)

What does a heart palpitation feel like?

A heart palpitation is the sensation that your heart has skipped a beat or added an extra beat. It may feel like your heart is racing, pounding, or fluttering. You may become overly aware of your heartbeat. This sensation can also be felt in the neck, throat, or chest.

When should I be worried about an irregular heartbeat?

An irregular beat associated with chest pain, dizziness, fainting, or trouble catching your breath should also be checked out by a doctor, since these can be signs of something serious. Atrial fibrillation, for example, is a common cause of irregular heartbeats and can lead to stroke or blood clots.

How do you get heart arrhythmia?

Arrhythmias may be caused by many different factors, including:

  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (such as sodium or potassium).
  • Changes in your heart muscle.
  • Injury from a heart attack.
  • Healing process after heart surgery.
  • Irregular heart rhythms can also occur in “normal, healthy” hearts.