A 60-year-old female asked:
what do flat t waves mean on an ekg?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Allison Greco answered
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
Dr. Peter Corrado answered
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
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!