I'm a 22 year old male with high blood pressure, due to having recently been a smoker and poor eating habits, but otherwise am in fit physical condition.
Every time I lift weights, do chinups, and occasionally when I run for extended periods of time my heart begins skipping and beating erratically.I've taken measures to lower my blood pressure (quit smoking, quit caffeine, cut down on sugar and salt) with great success, and my heart rarely skips when I'm not exercising, but I can count on it doing so every single time I lift weights or perform some other type of intense muscular strain.
It will skip around for about a minute or two, then as far as I can tell return to it's normal resting rate of about 68 per minute.
To describe the abnormal rhythm, I would say it begins beating much harder and slower for about three beats, and then double-beats two or three times (half beat-beat, beat half-beat beat) then hard and slow, perhaps skipping once and then double beating again. I hope that makes sense, I imagine the rhythm would looks something like this on an EKG:
Should I be concerned? Is this a sign of an arrythmia? Should I stop exercising?
Thank you for your input.