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What Are Heart Arrhythmias?

If your heart skips a beat, you might be in love – or you might be in trouble.

Heart arrhythmias feel like a fluttering or racing of the heart. Most of the time, the feeling is temporary and harmless. However, some arrhythmias can be life threatening.

If you regularly experience heart palpitations or irregular heartbeats, you might want to see a physician to rule out any severe cardiac issues. Also, if you experience shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or near fainting, chest pain or discomfort suddenly or when you wouldn’t expect to feel them, seek urgent medical care.

Quitting smoking, exercising and switching to a healthier diet, in addition to reducing caffeine and avoiding drug use, can help reduce your risk of arrhythmia and heart disease.

February is Heart Awareness Month. Take this time to assess your heart health and learn about heart healthy lifestyle tips, free heart classes presented by Hoag cardiologists and more.