How Serious Is Having An Irregular Heartbeat?

Friday, April 9, 2021

While we may say our heart skips a beat when it comes to falling in love. But when your heart literally skips a beat, it’s known as an arrhythmia.

Day in and day out, you likely don’t notice your heartbeat at all, especially if it’s functioning normally. However, when you experience stress or you’re performing strenuous exercise, you may notice a higher heart rate or even sensations of fluttering in your chest.

However, for individuals living with an arrhythmia, feelings and sensations such as this may occur without any exertion or stress at all.

“Put simply, arrhythmia is the medical name for an irregular heartbeat,” says Shalabh Chandra, MD, an electrophysiologist at The Heart Center of NGMC. “There are many different forms of arrhythmias that can cause your heart to beat too quickly, too slowly or irregularly.”