If you’ve ever felt your heart “skip a beat,” it was probably from this early beat that disrupts the heart’s rhythm. In reality, the heart doesn’t skip a beat. Instead an extra beat comes sooner than normal. Then there’s usually a pause that causes the next beat to be more forceful. You felt this more-forceful beat.
Often, the cause of ectopic rhythm is unknown. Some of the factors that can cause or aggravate ectopic rhythm are:
Alcohol, caffeine, smoking, some prescribed medications / some illegal drugs (stimulants), high levels of adrenaline, usually due to stress, exercise
If the condition persists for a long time, it’s more likely that there’s an underlying condition, such as:
- Heart disease
- Chemical imbalance
- Injury to the heart muscle due to heart disease, infection, infarction or high blood pressure