Q&A: Why Does Your Heart ‘Skip A Beat’ Sometimes?

A red heart and a stethoscopeQ: What are ways to cope with PVC, premature ventricular contractions? – E. P.

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A: Premature ventricular contractions (PVC) are that feeling of your heart “skipping a beat.” In reality, it’s an early heartbeat that throws off the heart’s normal rhythm and is quite common, especially in children and teenagers.

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The first thing you should do is get your emotional health in order. Dealing with issues that hurt you, you may find that your PVCs are significantly reduced or disappear altogether. Second, stop consuming caffeine and cut back on sugar and alcohol. The last thing is to take nutritional supplements that support overall heart health and the removal of cellular waste.

When too much waste accumulates in your heart cells, it can damage cell membranes, disrupt electrical signals, and make you more vulnerable to irregular rhythms. It is recommended you take daily doses of:

  • L-carnitine (1,000–2,000 mg)
  • CoQ10 (100–150 mg)
  • D-ribose (7–10 g)
  • Magnesium (400–800 mg)

A high-quality fish oil (2–3 g) is also helpful because it has a positive effect on heart rate variability.


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