Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 68—Feelin’ The (Heart) Beat January 22, 2010

Should we be worried about irregular heartbeats?

This is a question I posed to my doctor during my last annual physical. Her response was reassuring: Don’t worry unless the irregular heartbeats were racing or frequent (like more than 6 extra beats per minute).

That was a relief! I could now compare a little irregularity to an eye twitch. Annoying, but harmless.

What are irregular heartbeats, really? They’re called cardiac arrhythmias (CAs). They include any abnormal heartbeat or rhythm—fast or slow.

CAs include a wide spectrum of irregularities and causes. Some can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices (eat a healthy diet; exercise; control your weight; and don’t smoke).

Once they’ve occured, some—like mine—can be ignored; others need medical intervention.

Likewise, treatment and prognosis depend on the cause. If you’d like to read more, visit the following web sites:



Of course, for all medical concerns, contact your doctor for advice and treatment.