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Arrhythmia Signs & Symptoms

Emergency Treatment

Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical treatment if you experience a racing heartbeat along with chest pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating and dizziness or light-headedness.

Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, usually in a predictable and steady rhythm. When your heart races unexpectedly or feels like it skips beats, you may be experiencing signs of arrhythmia—a problem with the speed and timing of your heartbeat.

Types of Arrhythmia

If you have arrhythmia, your heart may beat too quickly, too slowly or irregularly. At the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake, you’ll find expert diagnosis and care for all heart rhythm disorders, including:

Learn about our comprehensive diagnostic services.

Symptoms of an Irregular Heartbeat

Palpitations or Murmurs?

A heart palpitation is something you can feel—the sensation your heart is pounding or racing. It can be a sign of an arrhythmia, but not everyone who experiences palpitations has a heart rhythm disorder.

A heart murmur is something you can hear—an extra noise during a heartbeat. It can be a sign of a heart valve problem, but most murmurs are harmless.

Arrhythmia symptoms vary by condition and from person to person. You may not have any symptoms, or you may notice signs such as:

  • The feeling that your heart is beating too quickly or too hard (heart palpitations).
  • A slow, fluttering or irregular heartbeat
  • Weakness, dizziness or light-headedness.
  • Chest pain or tightness.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Lack of energy.

You can check your heart rate at home by taking your pulse.

Should I See a Doctor for Heart Palpitations?

Tell your primary care provider if you experience heart palpitations. He or she will help you determine whether you need to see an electrophysiologist, or EP—a physician who specializes in heart rhythms and your heart’s electrical signals. Meet our team of arrhythmia experts.

Schedule a Consultation

Make an appointment with a board-certified electrophysiologist at the Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake. Call 425.454.2656 or send us a secure message through ONEChart today.