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A 32-year-old female asked:

I am 50 years old, i did my ecg today. the ecg says abnormal t waves suggestive of anterior ischemia. is a life threatening condition or it can be treated?

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ECG diagnosis of "ischemia" based on a resting ECG without symptoms is not reliable, especially in a young female. Need to know whether you have strong risk factors for coronary disease, abnormal lipids, diabetes etc. T wave abnomality in the anterior chest leads is common especially if the leads are misplaced. For your own reassurance, I would seek a specialist opinion. Good luck.
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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends on why ecg was done. If having chest pain or related symptoms, need prompt evaluation. More likely it is an automated reading on the machine, which can be incorrect. In some leads, inverted T waves are within normal findings. Overall, if you had a reason to get an ecg done, have it interpreted promptly by a physician who can assess your medical status.
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Last updated Jun 27, 2021


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