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Heart Is Skipping Beats

Published: June 2, 2010

Q: The medical profession says I have about 10 premature beats per minute. My pulse is in the range
of 50 to 60 beats. Are skipped beats serious or harmless? I have always gotten winded very easily.

A: Ten premature beats per minute is a fair amount that can be perfectly harmless. However, we now know that premature beats sometimes cause heart failure and shortness of breath, and can be eliminated by a heart catheterization ablation procedure. I suggest consulting a cardiologist or electrophysiologist (hrsonline.org).

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