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Heart Block

Premature contraction = early beat

If you've ever felt your heart "skip a beat," it was probably from this early beat that disrupts the heart's rhythm.

How it works

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.

Types of premature contractions

Premature atrial contractions (PACs) start in the upper chambers of the heart (atria).

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) start in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles).

Who is likely to have premature contractions?
Most people have them at some time.

Premature beats are very common in normal children and teenagers.

Causes of premature contractions

Usually no cause can be found.
Occasionally premature beats may be caused by disease or injury to the heart. Your doctor may recommend more tests to make sure your heart is OK.
Treatment of premature contractions

Those without identifiable cause usually disappear on their own.
If a cause is found, your healthcare professional will recommend a treatment plan.