What are ectopic heartbeats?



Ectopic heartbeats occur when the heart adds an extra beat.  

They’re actually very common. Some people don’t experience any symptoms while others may feel like their heart lurched, missed a beat or thumped with extra force. They can cause some irregularity when feeling the pulse.

Ectopic heart beats are not usually concerning unless they are happening often or causing at lot of symptoms. However, it is important that they’re properly investigated to look for any specific causes. It’s also important to have an irregular pulse assessed to rule out other causes of irregular heartbeats such as atrial fibrillation.


This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.