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I had 2 abnormal EKG tests. Left side chest, neck, shoulder pain comes and goes. Lightly tingling left hand. Heart beats hard often. What is this?

I had 2 abnormal EKG tests. Left side chest, neck, shoulder pain comes and goes. Lightly tingling left hand. Heart beats hard often. What is this?

TOS: Early twenties female w. Chest pain ; same sided shoulder pain ; hand tingling might consider thoracic outlet syndrome. The addition of low back pain to this symptom constellation arouses concern for primary pelvic girdle disorder ; functional scoliosis. An osteopath is needed for diagnostic evaluations. Any sufferer of these symptoms would be well served to consider a fibromyalgia cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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What could a abnormal EKG mean?

What could a abnormal EKG mean?

Difficult to say: There are varying degrees of "abnormal". Dsiscuss specific abnormalities with your doctor or cardiologist. ...Read more

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Does abnormal EKG mean I have atrial fibrilation?

Does abnormal EKG mean I have atrial fibrilation?

EKG afib: An ekg can diagnose afib. There are many different abnormalities that can be seen. Abnormal does not equal a fib. ...Read more

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If you have an abnormal EKG and your doctor tells you it's nothing to be alarmed about should you worry?

If you have an abnormal EKG and your doctor tells you it's nothing to be alarmed about should you worry?

Probably not: In many cases, as ECG is interpreted as abnormal, but is not associated with any cardiac pathology, thus it is "normal for you". I assume your doc has done additional cardiac testing before reassuring you. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 20 y/o to have an abnormal EKG but be completely fine ? Strss test and echo all fine. Mild pressure in chest area that comes/goes.

Is it normal for a 20 y/o to have an abnormal EKG but be completely fine ? Strss test and echo all fine. Mild pressure in chest area that comes/goes.

Yes: There is a wide range of unusual findings on an EKG. Most of them do not mean you have a serious problem. If you have a normal ECHO that is very reassuring. The ECHO is a much better test to determine whether your heart is functioning well. An EKG just looks at electrical activity. On the ECHO you also see muscle and valves. Do you have anxiety? Indigestion? Sounds like your heart is fine! ...Read more

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Could abnormal EKG results be wrong?

Yes and no: An abnormal ECG may represent an inaccurate read, ie mistake or not overread by a competent cardiologist. An abnormal ECG may also represent a correct read which is a false positive, very common. In other words, an ECG is not the most sensitive or specific test, and the ECG reading could be correct but doesn't necessarily mean that the patient has this particular pathology, and vice versa. ...Read more

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Could abnormal EKG need to be seen by a cardiologist?

Could abnormal EKG need to be seen by a cardiologist?

Possibly: Most ekg's are 'abnormal' because the computers that read the ekg are very sensitive and call most minor and insignificant things 'abnormal'. Board certified emergency doctors should be experienced enough with reading ekg's to know if it is serious or not. If you are not having any palpitations, chest pain or trouble breathing, it is probably not necessarry to have a cardiologist look at it. ...Read more

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Will high amounts of stress cause an abnormal EKG at rest?

Will high amounts of stress cause an abnormal EKG at rest?

While it probably: Doesnt help, not the likely cause of an abnormal ekg. See your doctor to get it checked. ...Read more

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What could cause an abnormal EKG for somebody with chest pains?

What could cause an abnormal EKG for somebody with chest pains?

ECG: Sorry but this question can't be answered simply. We use ECG in folks with chest pains because there are some very typical and fairly specific changes seen in myocardial ischemia. On the other hand loads of things can cause 'abnormal' ECG and some of those loads are seen in people with chest pain without serious problems. ...Read more

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EKG says Abnormal EKG, ST abnormality, possible digitalis effect. Short PR. What does this mean and is it serious? My ST segment looked lowered.

EKG says Abnormal EKG, ST abnormality, possible digitalis effect. Short PR. What does this mean and is it serious? My ST segment looked lowered.

Abnormal ekg: If you are digoxin at age 25 means you have an underlying heart problem. That itself might be the cause of the some of the abnormality but Digoxin does cause some abnormalities on the ekg, Have the digoxin level checked periodically and have the dose adjusted accordingly. Dt segment could be lowered with dig effect and from other causes also. ...Read more

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Sinus Rhythm Low voltage in precordial leads. -Old anterior infarct. ABNORMAL ekg?

Sinus Rhythm Low voltage in precordial leads. -Old anterior infarct. ABNORMAL ekg?

Yes, by tracing only: It is an abnormal ekg by reading of the tracing but what is most important is the ekg in relation to a good history and clinical exam. Questions to ask: do you have a past history of heart disease, high BP, diabetes, smoking? Do you have chest pain/jaw pain/pain down L arm? Is your BP high on exam? Any of these findings along with the above ekg is a MAJOR concern. Please talk with your doctor!! ...Read more

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I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

EKGs are...just OK.: Truth be told, the EKG isn't the most informative test in the world. It's good as a screening test, but regardless of the results of such, if we think someone is truly at heart risk, we test further (stress test for example). And even if the EKG suggests an abnormality, we often need to confirm with more testing (2D Echo, for example). So it's not the most accurate test out there. ...Read more

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In head-on collision with crushing chest pain after, i had an abnormal EKG 10 days later. Is it okay to do a stress ekg? Worried about further injury.

Cardiac contusion: You likely had a cardiac contusion. It's safe to do the stress test but i'm not sure the information will be useful since a positive result may turn out to be a false positive. Stress tests are extremely safe because they're supervised with close ekg, bp, and rhythm monitoring and they're graduated and can be immediately stopped if a problem arises. ...Read more

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What does a borderline abnormal EKG mean?

Borderline means it: Is just off by a little bit from normal, a variation of normal or early changes indicating possible problems. ...Read more

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Am 19. Did 2 ekg in a week, they told me it was fine. But the computer on the second one said abnormal ekg? Does this usually happen? Plz reassure.

Abnormal EKG: Sometimes the computer can read a nonspecific wave as an abnormality. The computer is not perfect. If the human interpretation was normal I would not worry. Talk to your doctor about the discrepancy between the two and do not worry. If you have any symptoms have them looked into by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Abnormal EKG and doctor refferred me to a cardiologist but unsure why?

Abnormal EKG and doctor refferred me to a cardiologist but unsure why?

Would : Go by your doctor's decision and see the cardiologist. It sounds as though further evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean when doctor says abnormal ekg and says to carry nitro everywhere you go?

Question : it means you should ask that question of the doctor that made the statement. An explanation of the instructions is appropriate. ...Read more

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Had an abnormal ekg. Am 19 yr old female, underweight, eats balanced diet. What could be wrong?

Had an abnormal ekg. Am 19 yr old female, underweight, eats balanced diet. What could be wrong?

Depends: Depends on the kind of abnormality. Saying the ekg is abnormal is like saying a car is abnormal. Bad color? Bad upholstery? That's not the same as bad transmission or bad brakes. Regardless, it would be hard to tie the ekg, body weight and diet together. These are likely separate issues. Please find out the abnormality and post again for a more specific answer. ...Read more

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Abnormal EKG shows old heart attack. I am only 25 with no risk factors. I am completely shocked. Did I really have one?

Abnormal EKG shows old heart attack.  I am only 25 with no risk factors. I am completely shocked.  Did I really have one?

Multiple possibilite: Really need an old ECG to compare too or an echo of heart to see if there is any evidence of scarring or wall motion abnormality. Could be congenital or related to prior trauma. Any family risk factors? Also be aware that drugs like cocaine can cause MI in people with no risk factors. See cardiologist if you want resolution of your concerns ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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Abnormal Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Abnormal electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test result in which the EKG recording of the heart's electrical activity shows problems such as rhythm problems, extra beats, skipped beats, fluid around the heart, ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more