Typical symptoms of extrasystoles causing a disturbance in the regular heartbeat include:
Always consult a doctor or cardiologist if these symptoms occur in connection with a pre-existing underlying heart condition.
Among the causes for extrasystoles in healthy individuals are:
Extrasystoles can, however, also be a symptom of heart disease, such as:
In healthy individuals, there is usually no need to treat extrasystoles. Often, it can be enough to simply make some lifestyle changes, such as reducing alcohol consumption and cigarettes, alleviating stress, doing more sports and getting enough sleep. In addition, heart palpitations can sometimes be counteracted by taking mineral supplements, though you should always consult your doctor before taking any nutritional supplements.
In cases in which heart disease can be safely ruled out, extrasystoles can also be treated with homeopathic remedies.
Treatment is necessary if the symptoms are very pronounced or if the extrasystoles are being caused by an already known heart condition.
Extrasystoles can be treated with medication, e.g. by taking mineral supplements or stabilizing the heart rhythm with beta-blockers.
If the prescribed medication does not help or this form of treatment is not available due to possible side effects, catheter ablation is another treatment option.