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What does a q wave mean on an ekg

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Old infarct: A Q wave means an old infarct (a previous heart attack) that resulted in permanent death of a part of the heart muscle. Depending on the location, ext... Read More
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
EKG : The ekg has waves with amplitude and direction. A q wave reflects a lack of electrical force in a certain direction. This lack of force has some corre... Read More
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Depends: Q waves if noted on an EKG can indicate an old heart attack or a normal variant. A hypertrophic cardiomyopthy pt can also have q waves. Clinical corre... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
Not necessarily: A Q wave on an EKG can have many causes including lead placement or even the position of the heart in the chest and only if there are multiple ones i... Read More
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 24 years experience
It depends: It depends on the location and size of the Q waves in relation to the other parts of the qrs complex. Ask your doctor to look at the ECG and let you k... Read More
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Echo helps: Sometimes an echocardiogram (ultrasound test) will help clarify whether Q wave on an ekg indicates an old heart attack or simply a normal variant due ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Probably nothing: Q waves of certain width and height on an EKG has been associated with an old heart attack. This hallmark is not very specific and if its boderline an... Read More
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
A rather: Non-specific finding on ecg. Often benign in young otherwise healthy patients.
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Roman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Integrative Medicine 11 years experience
None.: It is not uncommon for young adults to have Q waves. These are normal and are the first activation of the bottom of the heart, between the main pumpin... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
Dr. Allison Grecoanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Low Potassium: Flat t waves can indicate that you are low in potassium (k) or that you are experiencing some ischemia (lack of oxygen) to your heart. Was this a rout... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 21 years experience
Varies: Depending on what the other indicators in history and physical and presentation are this could be a nonspecific finding could also represents ongoing ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
Absent p waves: On an ekg if you have absent P waves most often it means you have atrial fibrillation, or atrial flutter.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Ecg: Flattened t waves are a nonspecific finding. It the echo is normal wouldn't worry about the ECG tho could check electrolytes if curious.
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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
A : A "nonspecific" abnormality means that the wave doesn't look like the typical, standard ekg. The st-t wave is the wave that occurs right after the qr... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Impossible: Without seeing the ekg we cannot possibly comment on this. But, that is okay. You have a family doctor. This is the perfect question to ask your phys... Read More
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