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Blog: Irregular Heartbeats

If you have ever felt an irregular heartbeat, you know it can be an upsetting experience. Many people have occasional irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias, but it is important to talk to your doctor if they occur frequently.Some people with irregular heartbeats feel inappropriate fluttering in their chests when they exert themselves. Other symptoms can be fainting, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness and chest pain. The fluttering in the chest can last from minutes to hours.Your physician will refer you to a specialist for care. Some people respond to medication to treat the abnormal electrical circuits in the heart, but others benefit from a procedure called ablation. During ablation a physician finds the problematic circuits and cauterizes them with either heat or cold energy. This procedure is usually a same-day surgery.Take care of your heart by enjoying a heart-healthy lifestyle, and if you experience irregular heartbeats, talk to your doctor. To find a physician, call 877.CENTEGRA.