Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Why Does My Heart Skip a Beat?

Monday, 28 Jan 2013 12:44 PM

By Hans Parisis

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Question: I am a 67-year-old man and it feels like my heart skips a beat every once in a while. It doesn’t really bother me, but is it something I should be concerned about?

 Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Heart skips that are occasional and without symptoms are most often of no concern. But since you are in a high-risk group for heart disease, I’d recommend that you be evaluated by your personal physician.

It’s important that your physician determine for sure that these extra beats you feel are innocent and harmless, as opposed to the type of beat that may become dangerous later. A resting electrocardiogram, followed with an exercise stress test, should be sufficient to be sure you do not have an underlying problem.

 

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