Ectopic beats

Commonly known as ‘extrasystoles’ or ‘premature beats’, these are extra beats arising from either the top of the heart ‘atrial ectopic beats’ or the bottom chambers of the heart ‘ventricular ectopic beats’.  These extra beats are usually not a cause for concern and often no particular cause is identified.

Symptoms

Commonly patients are aware of a sensation of ‘extra beats’ or ‘missed beats’. 

Treatment

Usually there is no specific management required for this condition and reassurance is required. Medication such as beta-blockers can be used if symptoms are particularly troublesome.