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Doctor insights on: 12 Lead Ekg Practice

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Is a 10 lead EKG machine as good as a 12 lead machine?

Is a 10 lead EKG machine as good as a 12 lead machine?

Depends: In some cases, a 3 or 5-lead ekg provides sufficient information. However, for a full picture of what the heart is doing, a 12-lead is the best. It takes 10 physical leads to produce a 12- lead ecg. Left and right arms, left and right legs, v1-v6. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


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If i had hyperkalemia wouldn't it show peaked t waves throughout entire 12 lead EKG with widened qrs?

If i had hyperkalemia wouldn't it show peaked t waves throughout entire 12 lead EKG with widened qrs?

Depends: That is with life threatening hyperkalemia. If your case is mild, or chronic, it may not manifest yet with ekg abnormalities. ...Read more

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What does an EKG 12-lead impression: non-specific st t wave abnormality mean?I i just need to know what this test result means.

What does an EKG 12-lead impression: non-specific st t wave abnormality mean?I i just need to know what this test result means.

A : A "nonspecific" abnormality means that the wave doesn't look like the typical, standard ekg. The st-t wave is the wave that occurs right after the qrs. Often times the wave doesn't look typical, but it is important to note if prior ekg's have appeared the same for the patient. Also, some medications can cause these changes. ...Read more

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Meaning of the diagnosis from an EKG, 12 Lead, Initial: Sinus bradycardia, Low voltage QRS, Possible Septal and Inferior infarcts, age undetermined.

Meaning of the diagnosis from an EKG, 12 Lead, Initial: Sinus bradycardia, Low voltage QRS, Possible Septal and Inferior infarcts, age undetermined.

3 things: Sinus bradycardia means the heart rate is less than 60 Low voltage QRS could be associated with many things, including obesity, emphysema, lung disease, pericardial effusion, infiltrative cardiomyopathy, etc Possible septal and inferior infarcts age undetermined: there is some evidence of possible heart attacks on the septal and inferior walls of the heart, and cannot determine the age of events ...Read more

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I have my 12 lead EKG result showing sinus rhythm with sinus arrhythmia and non specific t wave change. My qrs is 112ms and qt 586ms with 85 beat/sec.?

I have my 12 lead EKG result showing sinus rhythm with sinus arrhythmia and non specific t wave change. My qrs is 112ms and qt 586ms with 85 beat/sec.?

Possibly abnormal: The qt prolongation coupled with the nonspecific t wave changes is abnormal and concerning. This may be an indicator of a condition called long qt syndrome, which may be life-threatening. See a cardiologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the 12. Lead ecg?

ECG: It stands for electrocardiogram. It is used to measure the movement of electrical signals in the heart. When working appropriately, this enables your heart to beat and pump blood to the rest of the body. When the heart is damaged or the electrical system is malfunctioning, ECG can pick up changes. ...Read more

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Why is it called 12 lead ecg if it only uses 10? Pls explain

The EKG is routinely: performed with 6 chest wires (V1-V6) (six signals or leads) and the four arm wires. 10 wires. The signals from the arm and leg wires are electronically combined to provide a triangular pattern of three leads (signals) I,II,III. And then also electronically combined to produce what is called augmented leads (signals). aVR, aVL, and aVF. 6 more signals (leads). Thus 10 wires and twelve leads. ...Read more