About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

Symptoms of Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)

Some arrhythmias may occur without any symptoms. Others may cause noticeable symptoms, such as:
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness, sensation of lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sensation of your heart fluttering (palpitations)
  • Sensation of a missed or extra heart beat
Fainting, dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue, and shortness of breath all mean that your brain or your muscles are not getting enough blood because your heart isn't pumping effectively.
Chest pain means that the heart itself is not getting enough blood. This is called angina .
Some people report an unusual feeling of their “heart beating,” especially if it is beating abnormally. With none of the other symptoms, this may be harmless or it may be a warning of a potential problem.

References

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. McGraw-Hill; 1998.

Kroenke K, Arrington ME, Mangelsdorff AD. The prevalence of symptoms in medical outpatients and the adequacy of therapy. Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:1685.

Mayou R, Sprigings D, Birkhead J, Price J. Characteristics of patients presenting to a cardiac clinic with palpitation. QJM. 2003;96:115.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .

Zimetbaum P, Josephson ME. Evaluation of patients with palpitations. N Engl J Med. 1998;338:1369.

Revision Information

Health Headlines
FDA Approves HPV Test as Initial Screen for Cervical CancerView in a lightbox
FDA Proposes E-Cigarette RegulationsView in a lightbox
FDA Reconsiders Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'View in a lightbox
Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping SicknessView in a lightbox
Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries: CDCView in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices