Your heart may be beating fast or slow compared to others, but as long as you feel well then this is normal for you. However, if your heartbeat is less than 50 beats per minute or more than 120 you should see your doctor to make sure all is well.
But – if your heart is beating irregularly, that is, beats felt at different intervals and strengths, this can lead to the formation of blood clots that may cause a stroke. You should always see your GP if you have an irregular heartbeat even if you feel well. Some symptoms you may feel are:
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Fainting for no apparent reason
- Chest pain
As an irregular heartbeat significantly increases your risk of stroke, the minute that you spend checking your pulse could save your life.