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what does a "q-wave" mean on an ekg?

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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 correlation is required and testing such as an echocardiogram or stress test is needed.
Answered on Mar 1, 2018
Dr. Liviu Klein
22 years experience Cardiology
It depends: Sometimes it can just be a normal variant, sometimes reflects an old heart attack. Your physician can tell you which of the two it is.
Answered on Jul 20, 2019

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