U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Belle Plaine, MN
A 30-year-old female asked:

I had an ekg and was told that my p wave was consistently higher than normal. what could this indicate? have heart ultrasound coming up hopefully in a week or two?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
A tall peaked P wave on an EKG , called P pulmohale, may be a sign of enlargement of the right atrium of the heart which can occur with elevated pressure in the pulmonary artery as well as in chronic lung disease. I have also seen tall peaked P waves transiently appear during rapid heart rates. An echocardiogram will be able to diagnose right atrial enlargement as well as pulmonary hypertension.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Feb 1, 2022


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.