Recognize the Warning Signs of Arrhythmia

Man's torso on a medical examination Have you ever been going about your day when you suddenly feel an uncomfortable fluttering sensation in your chest? This may be a sign of an arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is when your heart beats too quickly or too slowly. It occurs when the electrical signals that generate your heartbeat are disrupted. While they can be harmless, they can also lead to uncomfortable symptoms and even be life-threatening. Learn more about the warning signs of arrhythmia so you can decide if it’s time to see a professional.

Types of Arrhythmias

There are a few different types of arrhythmias based on where they take place and their symptoms.

  • Bradyarrhythmias: The heart beats too slowly; this type originates in the heart’s conduction system.
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias: The arrhythmias begin in the ventricles (lower regions of the heart).
  • Supraventricular Arrhythmias: These take place in the heart’s atria.

What Are the Warning Signs of an Arrhythmia?

Discomfort in Your Chest

In some circumstances, arrhythmia can lead to pain or tightness in your chest. This symptom is most common among those with serious heart problems. Whether the pain is sharp or dull, you should visit Premier Heart & Vein Care right away for an evaluation.


In arrhythmias where your heart is beating too quickly, it’s filling and dispersing blood too fast, so it’s not providing your body with oxygen-rich blood. This can cause you to feel light-headed. Headaches and chest pain may also accompany this. If you’re frequently experiencing light-headedness in addition to rapid heartbeat, speak with your doctor.


Palpitations are often described as feeling like your heart “skipped a beat” or “did a flip.” You may even feel a heaviness in your head or chest. When it happens, you will likely notice it.

Shortness of Breath

If your heart beats quickly or you feel palpitations, it can cause shortness of breath. This symptom will likely accompany some of the others as well.

Schedule a Consultation

If you believe you are showing some or all of these signs of arrhythmia, contact Premier Heart & Vein Care today. They can run the appropriate tests and decide if treatment is necessary. They can view your heart and its functioning using an electrocardiogram, EKG, heart monitors, and other tools.

You will receive high-quality care from their lead professional, Dr. Stevens, who is board-certified in cardiology diseases, phlebology, and internal medicine.

Contact their office today at (805) 540-3333 to schedule a consultation. They proudly serve San Luis Obispo, CA, and the surrounding areas.

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