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missed heart beat

what would cause a persons heart to skip a beat and then continue happens approx every 10sec ?
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Probably PVCs


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_ventricular_contraction

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ya 99 percent chance pvcs...just mention it to your doc, and theyll probably get you a holter monitor which is just something you wear that detects and records your heart beat for weeks...pvcs are not one bit dangerous..ive had em for four years, and i have forgotten about them..you will too.
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This depends if you really are missing a beat.  Most feelings of missed beats are in fact caused by what are called 'ectopic' beats: two beats closer together, which means you have the sensation of missing a beat.  These are harmless.  They can be caused by stress, caffeine, anxiety.  What was happening when you had this experience?

True missed beats are rare, and are usually connected to a form of heart block (I should know, I have this).  That's why you need a 24 hour Holter recording.  If your symptoms are rarer than this, ask for a 7 day loop recorder.

Either way, there is no immediate health threat.  If your symptoms continue for more than an hour at a time go to the emergency room: they can give you an ECG and let you know straight away what's happening.
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