Are Heart Palpitations Dangerous? A Doctor Answers

by Leigh Ann Otte

“My heart skipped a beat.” It’s a nice saying. But when it really happens—and happens a lot—it can seem less romantic.

In this week’s feature article, family doctor Eva Briggs talks about heart palpitations, whether they’re dangerous, and when to see a doctor. She also explains what often causes them. They’re not actually skipped beats. They’re just mistimed ones.

Have you ever had heart palpitations? Did anything in particular seem trigger them?

Leigh Ann Otte
is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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