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Why does my heart miss a beat?

I am 36 year old woman, not over weight eat a healthy diet, dont smoke and drink occasionally, when lying in my bed afew weeks back it felt uncomfortable to lie on my back as my chest felt compressed, have noticed fluttering in my chest thought it must be just one of those things, then it went on for few more weeks, so felt my pulse and when it flutters I miss a beat, is this perfectly normal and not to worry ?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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irregular heart beats can lead to heart conditions caused arrhythmias where basically the heart beats out of sync. Some are extremely serious and require immediate hospitalization while others are more common and often go undetected in people (ie: atrial flutter). But don't let that fool you, mild, undetected irregular heart beats that reoccur is a sign of trouble. If you are noticing these symptoms then you should go see your Dr. as soon as you can. Feelings of chest compression at night time is a clue to possible heart problems.
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