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Premature Atrial Contractions

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What are premature atrial contractions (PACs)?

PACs are an interruption in your heart rhythm. PACs happen when your heart gets an early signal to pump. PACs are common and usually have no cause. Most people have skipped heartbeats from time to time. Follow up with your healthcare provider so the cause of your PAC can be diagnosed and treated.

What increases my risk for PACs?

What are the signs and symptoms of PACs?

How are PACs diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask if you have a family history of heart problems. You may also need any of the following:

How are PACs treated?

PACs usually do not need treatment. You may be given medicine to strengthen or regulate your heartbeat.

How can I help prevent more PACs?

Call 911 for any of the following:

You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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