You are having what is called premature ventricular contraction
(PVC). You are not actually skipping heart beats, it is a form of irregular heartbeat in which the ventricle contracts prematurely. You need to inform your doctor about this and have him put you on a Holter monitor
. You wear the monitor for 24 hours and it records your heart's activity (just like an EKG) and they can then tell what is going on. Usually, if it is of any concern, they will prescribe you a beta blocker
of some kind or just try to balance your levels of magnesium
, calcium and potassium and that will take care of the problem.
Don't be too worried because everyone has thrown a PVC at one time or another and stress
is a common cause. The only problem arises when you start having many PVC's in a row.