What Does Arrhythmia Feel Like?

Can you feel an irregular heartbeat?

Symptoms of Arrhythmias

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”)

How do you check for arrhythmia at home?

Place your middle and index fingers firmly on your palm and move them around until you locate your pulse. Count your heartbeats for 30 seconds and then multiply times two to get your heart rate (beats per minute). If your heart beats irregularly, count for one minute instead and do not multiply.

What causes 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.

What does heart flutter feel like?

You may be experiencing heart palpitations, which can feel like your heart is beating too fast, pumping too hard, or fluttering. Usually lasting only a few seconds, they can also be felt in your throat, neck, or chest. Lots of things can trigger heart palpitations, like anxiety, medications, or strenuous exercise.