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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. Al Hegab
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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?

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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I had my EKG reading done in class today and my professor thought it was a little weird. The axis reading of P-QRS-T was -1,8, and -6. Is that weird?

I had my EKG reading done in class today and my professor thought it was a little weird. The axis reading of P-QRS-T was -1,8, and -6. Is that weird?

Weird or not: P-wave axis normal is 0 to +75, QRS axis normal is -30 to +90, and T-wave axis normal is +15 to +75 degrees. QRS is normal. P-wave borderline and if you are younger lower atrial rhythm leading to an abnormal axis is not atypical if heart rate is slower. T-wave is ÔÇťabnormal" but falls within borderline zone. Number one cause of abnormal axis is incorrect lead placement. ...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

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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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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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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Is it possible for an abnormal EKG to be caused by something minor?

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Is it possible for an abnormal EKG to be caused by something minor?

Yes: It depends on the nature of the abnormality, but abnormal ecgs can be caused by minor conditions. But the converse can also true; severe cardiac disease can be associated with normal ecgs. ...Read more

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31 y/o white female had a EKG done hr 83 the results stated abnormal EKG nonspecific t-wave abnormality. Was taken twice, what does that mean?

31 y/o white female  had a EKG done  hr 83 the results stated abnormal EKG nonspecific t-wave abnormality.  Was taken twice, what does that mean?

Hard to say: Non specific t wave abnormalities can be associated with many different cardiac conditions both benign and more serious. They may also be present when nothing is wrong with the heart. That's why they are " nonspecific, ". ...Read more

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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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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