Symptoms A-Z

Irregular Heart Beat Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand irregular heart beat symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: arrhythmia

An image depicting a person suffering from irregular heart beat symptoms

Irregular Heart Beat Symptom Checker

Take a quiz to find out why you're having irregular heart beat

Contents

  1. 5 Possible Irregular Heart Beat Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Irregular Heart Beat Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced irregular heart beat. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) characterized by a rapid rate and irregular rhythm that feels like the heart is quivering. It can lead to chest discomfort, shortness of breath,.

Heart damage from high blood pressure, congenital heart defects, viral infections, and sleep apnea can cause atrial fibrillation. Other risk factors include increasing age, obesity, family history, and drinking alcohol.

Symptoms include a jerky, fluttering heartbeat (palpitations);(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/chest-pain-worse-breathing-or-coughing/) is a medical emergency requiring a call to 911.

Treatment involves cardioversion with mild electrical shock or medication to return the heart to normal rhythm. Blood thinners and medication to maintain heart rhythm will be prescribed. Procedures may be needed in some cases.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Wolff-parkinson-white syndrome

WPW is a condition in which the.

It is possible to have two conduction pathways and not develop WPW. However, in those who develop the condition, symptoms include a fluttering in the chest,.

Treatments include methods to normalize the heart rate, removing the second pathway through procedures, as well as medication to limit possible adverse effects.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: racing heart beat, shortness of breath, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, lightheadedness, irregular heart beat

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Irregular Heart Beat Symptom Checker

Take a quiz to find out why you're having irregular heart beat

Sick sinus syndrome

Sick sinus syndrome is a condition in which the normal pacemaker of the heart is unable to keep the heart beating at a normal rate or rhythm to deliver blood to the body. Causes include replacement of pacemaker cells with aging, heart disease or heart attack, inflammation or infiltration of the heart, trauma, medications, toxins, abnormal electrolyte levels, and mutations in certain genes.

Symptoms include feeling(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/shortness-of-breath/), sudden-onset numbness or weakness, and confusion or loss of consciousness.

The diagnosis is made by electrocardiography (EKG) or cardiac monitoring.

The best long-term treatment is implantation of an artificial pacemaker. Other treatments include medications to temporarily increase the pacing of the heart and medications to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness, shortness of breath on exertion

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Premature ventricular contractions

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extra,.

Symptoms of PVCs are sometimes difficult to notice, but may present as feelings of fluttering or pounding in the chest, skipped or missed heartbeats, or an increased awareness of your heart beating.

Treatment for PVCs often includes at-home measures, such as managing stress and being aware of triggers from both substances and behaviors. More serious action is sometimes taken via medication or surgery.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: racing heart beat, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, racing heart beats that lasts for seconds, irregular heart beat, racing heart beat that lasts for minutes

Symptoms that always occur with premature ventricular contractions: racing heart beat

Urgency: In-person visit

Atrial flutter

Atrial flutter is an arrhythmia, meaning the system that regulates the heartbeat is not working correctly. The upper two chambers of the heart – the atria – beat faster than the lower two chambers and end up quivering, or fluttering, rather than beating.

It can be caused by high blood pressure; coronary artery disease; alcoholism; hyperthyroidism; and a previous case of rheumatic fever, which damages the heart valves.

Symptoms include fast, regular pulse; weakness or faintness; shortness of breath; and sometimes chest pain.

Since the quivering, fluttering atria cannot properly pump out the blood, the blood can stagnate and clot. A clot that travels through the body can cause a stroke. Also, the stagnated blood can cause blood pressure to drop and heart failure can result.

Diagnostic tests may include physical examination; EKG (also known as ECG); x-ray; MRI; and/or long-term monitoring with the patient wearing a Holter monitor.

Treatment first consists of medication to slow the heart rate and prevent blood clots. Defibrillation, catheter ablation, and surgery may also be done, as well as treatment of any underlying disorders.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, shortness of breath on exertion

Urgency: In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Irregular Heart Beat

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you been experiencing dizziness?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with COPD?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

Take a quiz to find out why you're having irregular heart beat

Irregular Heart Beat Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced irregular heart beat have also experienced:

  • 14% Racing Heart Beat
  • 4% Tight, Heavy, Squeezing Chest Pain
  • 4% Fatigue

People who have experienced irregular heart beat were most often matched with:

  • 46% Atrial Fibrillation
  • 26% Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • 26% Sick Sinus Syndrome

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Irregular Heart Beat Symptom Checker

Take a quiz to find out why you're having irregular heart beat