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what does a wide q wave mean on ekg

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
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
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience Pediatrics
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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
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
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
ECG: On an ecg there are Q waves and QT intervals. Q waves can mean scar in the heart, long QT interval can mean abnormal electrolyte concentrations or be ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Routh
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Heart Damage: A "q wave" is seen on an electrocardiogram (ekg) several of which are recorded during a stress test. Q waves may be very small and not carry much sig ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diana Metzger
29 years experience Cardiology
Buy an ECG textbook: The deflections of the lines on an ECG are given names: the P wave is atrial depolarization, the next downward deflection is the q wave, then up is t ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Callahan
28 years experience Cardiology
EKG : Often the computer that prints the ekg's will type these comments on the top best to review it with either you regular physician or someone that reads ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Wave: My best guess would be Non-Specific ST-T wave changes which is most likely non diagnostic, but it may also signal early ischemic changes.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
19 years experience Cardiology
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 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harinder Gill
38 years experience Cardiology
ECG: Probably a normal ECG,NOT modifiable by ablation; so forget it and don't worry.
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Dr. John Szawaluk
30 years experience Cardiology
See below.: Potentially not a concern but needs to be evaluated . See your doctor or a cardiologist for further evaluation.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Understanding based: on both heart anatomy & how the electrical avtivation spreads from cell-to-cell with the atria, then within the ventricles. Both terms relate to b ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Atique Mirza
30 years experience Cardiology
Nothing specific : Non specific T wVes are common and do not mean much.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
27 years experience Cardiology
Not much: Q waves may indicate previous scarring from infarction or other process or may be completely normal or from a conduction abnormality (hemiblock or acc ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
ECG: Those terms describe the tracing. They don't necessarily imply any anatomical or fuctional abnormality.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harinder Gill
38 years experience Cardiology
Delta wave: Reflects abnormal conduction potentially risking rhythm disturbances;needs formal evaluation by cardiology electrophysiology
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
It can mean many: Things like high potassium ...Talk to your physician.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Isaacs
38 years experience Family Medicine
EKG low voltage: Low voltage means that what are called the qrs complexes are smaller than usual. There are many possible reasons, including a barrel chest, copd, car ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Teresa Menendez Hood
36 years experience Cardiology
Big t waves: It could be a normal variant or could reflect an elevation in the potasium or some element of ischemia.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
ECG : Borderline t abnormalities have little significance.
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