What is the danger of an irregular heart beat?

Q: I’m a 55 year old white male in reasonably good physical condition and have been trying to lower my BP naturally. However, I have recently noticed that my heart skips a beat then thumps after a pause, sometimes making me dizzy. Do you think I am in danger?

A: An irregular heart beat should be taken seriously. Make an appointment to see your doctor. A common cause of an irregular heart beat in your age group is atrial fibrillation. Untreated this condition puts you at risk for a stroke. For more information on atrial fibrillation click here.

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