Ameya Kulkarni, MD, a cardiologist with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offers his insights on what it means when your heart skips a beat in a U.S. News and World Report article. In the April article, Dr. Kulkarni says that understanding how cardiologists think about the issue of a skipped heart beat can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with heart palpitations, as well as inform a decision on when to speak with your physician.
However, Dr. Kulkarni points out 2 features that should raise the level of concern:
- Palpitations that continuously last for long periods (such as more than 10 minutes)
- Worrisome symptoms such as severe dizziness/lightheadedness, passing out, or extreme shortness of breath
Read the full story on U.S. News and World Report.