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What does a wide q wave mean on ekg

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 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
Cardiology 51 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 33 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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Pathological q waves: Are changes commonly seen on the EKG after a heart attack. They reflect an area of damage or scarring. Usually they are a permanent change on the EK... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 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 23 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 32 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 33 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
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Roman
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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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Probably not: By definition, a "significant" Q wave must be > than 40 msec in duration or > than 25-33% (depends on the reference) of the R wave height. Even by tha... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
ecg: Flat t waves are a nonspecific finding, in and of themselves they are of minimal significance.
A member asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Very detailed read: Q-waves on a particular set of leads tells us you had a heart attack some time in the past (age indeterminate = don't know when). The v-leads tell us ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
Cardiology 20 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 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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