Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Why does my heart sometimes feel like it stops, then starts up again with a jerk?

I am 92 and have atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure, both controlled by medication. Every so often when I am relaxing after dinner, my heart feels like it stops and then starts up again with a jerk. Is this something I should worry about?

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