We usually don’t notice the beating of our hearts unless something out of the ordinary occurs. Most people occasionally feel the sensation of extra heartbeats. While certain issues with your heart’s electrical system are concerning and serious, sometimes extra heartbeats aren’t clinically significant. Usually this occurs due to benign rhythm disturbances in the heart’s lower chambers, or ventria. (Of course you should always let your physician know if you have any concerns about the rhythm of your heart so that he or she can perform a clinical assessment.)
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In this white board session, Patrick J. Tchou, MD, Associate Section Head of the Section of Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, explains why these types of extra heartbeats occur and how common they are.