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

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Contents

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

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, lightheadedness, and the formation of blood clots, which can cause...

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Wolff-parkinson-white syndrome

WPW is a condition in which the heart beats abnormally fast due to electricity incorrectly traveling between two different pathways in the heart. In the normal heart, there is only a single pathway that conducts electricity through the heart to c...

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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 inf...

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Premature ventricular contractions

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) instead of the upper chambers (atria). Although usually benign, PVCs can present with certain sensatio...

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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?

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

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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 Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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