Heart Rhythm Problems
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Symptoms of Heart Rhythm Problems

You may not know if you have a heart rhythm problem. Many heart rhythm problems can be minor and harmless. People with healthy hearts have heart rhythm disturbances from time to time. However, heart rhythm problems in people with heart failure can be serious and make heart failure worse if they are not treated.

Be alert to symptoms that may be caused by heart rhythm problems including:

  • Skipped heart beats.
  • A "fluttering" or pounding feeling in the chest.
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed.
  • Sudden shortness of breath.
  • Periodic weakness.
  • Fainting or sudden loss of consciousness.

These symptoms may happen because your heart is beating irregularly or too fast or too slow. Let your doctor or nurse know if you experience any of these symptoms.

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