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.