Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I be worried about an irregular heartbeat?

    Sometimes my heart beats irregularly. I exercise regularly and (try) to eat healthily. I have the odd alcoholic drink, but am by no means a drinker.
  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • 4

    Thanks

    Dr Michael Davis

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Electrophysiologist and pioneer in catheter ablation and in the management of atrial fibrillation. Expertise in arrhythmia device therapy, coronary care, echocardiography. View Profile

    Almost EVERYONE has some irregularity of the pulse. The commonest cause is ectopic beats. If you have no chest discomfort, excessive shortness of breath or lightheadedness on exertion, and have had no fainting or rapid sustained racing of your pulse, the chance is remote that your symptom represents anything serious.  If you have any such symptoms or a family history of sudden death then an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram should be done with referral to a cardiologist if either test is abnormal. 

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question

Empowering Australians to make better health choices