Q: I am a 77 year old male in fairly good health. I exercise and I can still walk and play golf. Although I’ve had occasional skipped heartbeats over the past few years – and even when I’ve been put on a monitor – nothing serious has come up to warrant further investigation. In recent years I have experienced several skipped beats, sometimes lasting a day or two, leaving me feeling tired. The electrocardiogram showed that everything was normal. Should I be worried?
Skipped beats with symptoms like shortness of breath or fatigue warrant further investigation. A standard ECG at your doctor’s office is a good place to start, but arrhythmias usually come and go. Thus, it is rare to catch the problem on an electrocardiogram in the office.