Heart Rhythm Community
Heart skips a beat
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to heart rhythm issues, arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, implanted defibrillators, pacemakers, and tachycardia.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Heart skips a beat

What exactly does it mean when your heart skips a beat?
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
257552_tn?1404606154
Hi,

It's more or less a generic term for any noticed brief alteration in the heart's rhythm. With me, PVCs have always been a problem. When a PVC occurs, the beat occurs before it was expected to (Premature Ventricular Contraction). When this happens, their is a pause, called the Compensatory Pause, allowing the heart to normally prepare for the next beat.  

Or, in the technical sense "The pause following an extrasystole, when the pause is long enough to compensate for the prematurity of the extrasystole; the short cycle ending with the extrasystole plus the pause following the extrasystole together equal two of the regular cycles.”.

It is not likely that the premature beat is felt, this passes in a split second, but the pause causes the heart to fill with more blood than usual. When the heart does contract, it now has to eject the additional blood, which, of course, requires more effort. This additional effort is what most people really identify the skip as being. From experience, the pause can seem to be quite lengthy.

Be well.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
In actuality, it's not a skipped beat you're feeling but the pause after an EXTRA beat.  Like this:

beat..beat..beat..beatbeat.........beat


It doesn't usually "mean" anything at all.  They're common and usually harmless.
Blank
465653_tn?1206904723
I am coming off of Paxil, and I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, but now I'm feeling dull pain with skipping of beats?  Should I be concerned.  I don't have any other issues with my heart it's just really uncomfortable and to be honest I'm scared.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1423357_tn?1412963997
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
257552_tn?1404606154
Blank
Artaud
Pittsburgh, PA
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley busy with problem solving. Comment
2 hrs ago
535822_tn?1413656274
Blank
margypops commented on GMO'S IN THESE F...
5 hrs ago
506791_tn?1350343103
Blank
Piparskeggr commented on photo
5 hrs ago
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1423357_tn?1412963997
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
257552_tn?1404606154
Blank
Artaud
Pittsburgh, PA
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway