A 60-year-old female asked:
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what do flat t waves mean on an ekg?

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Dr. Allison Greco
8 years experience General Practice
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 routine ekg? Or was it a stress test? Depending on the answer, your doctor may want some more tests to evaluate blood flow to the heart.
Answered on Sep 15, 2019
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Dr. Peter Corrado
40 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Without symptoms flattening of the t waves would likely be considered a nonspecific finding. This may be seen in normal healthy people but can also be caused a number of conditions and even drugs. In a patient with heart disease or cardiac symtoms, this finding may be a subtle indication of ischemia. This means the heart is not getting enough oxygen. See a cardiologist for more details.
Answered on Feb 1, 2018
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