Irregular Heart Beats, Rhythms, Heart Flutters or Skipped Heart Beats
Irregular heart rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats:
Your heart feels like it skips a beat in your chest. It sometimes may feel like a tickle in your chest that makes you cough. If you take your pulse, you might notice that sometimes the beats are unevenly spaced or seemed 'skipped.'
It might also feel like your heart is 'flip flopping' in your chest, or that it is 'thumping' or 'turning over' in your chest.
When you check your pulse, you might notice your irregular heart beats, or might not. Sometimes the irregular heart beats are so mild, they go undetected.
The irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel irregular heart beats once in a while and not that often, feel them off and on, or feel them all the time.
The irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
The irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
The irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
The irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the irregular heart beats anxiety symptom?
Anxiety causes the body to produce the stress response (also known as the fight or flight response). The stress response stresses the body. When the body becomes overly stressed, which we call stress-response hyperstimulation, the body can exhibit a wide variety of odd and unusual sensations and symptoms. The irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom is one of them.
Many people experience irregular heart beats when anxious or stressed.
How to get rid of the irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom?
Becauses this symptom is just a symptom of elevated stress, it needn't be a cause for concern. It will subside when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom. Therefore, this anxiety symptom needn't be a cause for concern.
While irregular heart beats can seem dire and threatening, when they are caused by being anxious and stress, they aren't harmful. Again, many people experience irregular heart beats when stressed or anxious. Doctors generally aren't concerned about them.
Because this symptom involves the heart, it’s best to discuss this symptom with your doctor. If your doctor determines that it is solely stress related (including the stress that being anxious can cause), you can be assured that there isn’t another medical cause for it. Generally, most doctors can easily tell the difference between stress and anxiety caused sensations and symptoms from those caused by other medical reasons.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the irregular heart beats, rhythms, heart flutters or skipped heart beats anxiety symptom.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated October 9, 2018.