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.

Skipped Heart Beats

Thursday, 05 January 2012 08:50 AM

Question: Occasionally it feels like my heart skips a beat. I’m a man of 78 and have had this problem for at least 40 years. Is this something I need to be concerned about?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
Since you have had this problem without any concerns, there is no need to worry now. Occasional skipped beats are usually nothing serious, and you may be able to prevent them by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and stress. However, it might be a good idea to take and EKG to be sure that nothing has changed to cause the skipped beat. You can make an appointment with your healthcare professional for this test.

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