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Can a subdural hematoma cause a person to have abnormal EKG readings?

Can a subdural hematoma cause a person to have abnormal EKG readings?

Yes: A large subdural hematoma with a lot of pressure can lead to effects on the heart which are manifest in the ekg. This has to do with changes in sympathetic tone as a result of the head injury. These usually resolve when the patient improves and the pressure has been removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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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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What does it mean when I have an irregular EKG reading during a sleep study?

What does it mean when I have an irregular EKG reading during a sleep study?

Arrhthmia: It could be atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and pvcs. Treatment depends on what the monitored showed. Lot of times if your sleep apnea gets treated and if it improves, your arrhytmia will get better also. ...Read more

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I have an incomplete on an EKG reading what does it mean?

Can't tell: Not sure what "incomplete" would be referring to if it's not associated with any other phrase. It may be followed by other information, e.g. Incomplete right bundle branch block. Might want to clarify. ...Read more

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The ECG read it boarder line and the Doctor say it is within normal limit and to neglect the EKG reading.which one I should believe ?

The ECG read it boarder line and the Doctor say it is within normal limit and to neglect the EKG reading.which one I should believe ?

Doctor: Electrocardiograms take years of experience to interpret properly and even then there may be slight variables in each doctors assessment. With that being said, the doctor`s interpretation should be trusted. The computer makes broad generalizations and does not give conclusive results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i had a normal EKG reading, but weeks after im still having chest pains should I worry about a heart attack?

Can you tell me if i had a normal EKG reading, but weeks after im still having chest pains should I worry about a heart attack?

Less likely: A nl ekg does not completely exclude active heart disease. If there are persistent symptoms cardiology eval with echo, stress test and cardiac enzymes may be in order. If these tests are neg and symptoms persist atrial of nsaids for costochondritismay be helpful. ...Read more

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My EKG reading was 54, could that be the beginning of bradychardia? My mom has a slow heart beat and a heart murmur. I'm concerned I will get a murmur

Bradycardia: Bradycardia in a person who is physically very active is normal. If you are performing aerobic exercise on a regular basis, do not worry about a heart rate of 54 bpm. A heart murmur can be benign, albeit if you develop it later in life, you need to be evaluated; however, there is very little correlation between bradycardia and a heart murmur (far-fetched correlations exist however). ...Read more

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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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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