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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

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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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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Ekg results; vent 81bpm, p duration 122, qrs duration 138, pr interval 178, qt/qtc 392/428? How abnormal is this? Only diagnosis I have is lbbb.

Depends: Lbbb is abnormal. It may be associated with coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, or cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). Rarely, it can be congenital (present at birth). The significance of LBBB depends on the presence or absence of associated heart disease and whether it is a new finding or has been present for several years. May need echocardiogram and/or heart cath. ...Read more

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Had an echo stress tst done 1 yr ago, great results, take BP meds, do not smoke, 130lbs/f.Have anxiety, could that of caused my original abnormal ekg?

Had an echo stress tst done 1 yr ago, great results, take BP meds, do not smoke, 130lbs/f.Have anxiety, could that of caused my original abnormal ekg?

No.: Usually anxiety doesn't cause an abnormal ekg. Anxiety can make your heart rate faster, but shouldn't affect the electrical conduction of the heart. The cardiologist who did your original ekg would be a great person to get a second opinion on this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ekg results were sinus bracardyia with short pr syndrome. I am currently on ivf injections and suffer from aniexty. Can aniexty and meds make ekg abnormal?

Ekg results were sinus bracardyia with short pr syndrome. I am currently on ivf injections and suffer from aniexty. Can aniexty and meds make ekg abnormal?

Short pr: Sinus bradycardia is very common in young adults. Accelerated AV conduction (short pr interval) can make you prone to episodes or supraventricular tachycardia. I don't believe that anxiety or your treatment caused these EKG findings. I would avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and other stimulants all of which can initiate tachycardia by making the heart more irritable. A Cardiologist can advise you. ...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: Doesn't 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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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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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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Will you please fax my EKG results to 704-316-7745? (Novant Bariatrics) I had called a couple weeks ago to have it sent and it wasn't. I need sent s

Will you please fax my EKG results to 704-316-7745? (Novant Bariatrics) I had called a couple weeks ago to have it sent and it wasn't. I need sent s

Who's your doctor?: I don't have your EKG on file. I think you addressed your question to the general bulletin board, rather than the specific doctor you were trying to reach on HealthTap (Prime). Please relay the name so that we can forward your request; however, you may need to use HealthTap Prime or some other platform to get in contact with the doctor who has the EKG. ...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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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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How to interpret EKG results?

How to interpret EKG results?

Cardiologist: You should have your ECG read by a cardiologist. If the reading is abnormal or there are questions with the interpretation, a consult with a cardiologist or cardiac electrophysiologist may be warranted. ...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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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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Ekg results. Vent rate 60 bpm, pr int 152ms, qrs dur 72ms, qt/qtc 402/402, and p-r-t axes is 72 66 55 is this normal?

Ekg results. Vent rate 60 bpm, pr int 152ms, qrs dur 72ms, qt/qtc 402/402, and p-r-t axes is 72 66 55 is this normal?

Ekg: Yes pretty normal. Actually seeing the ekg would help too. See your doctor or perform a virtual consult to see the ekg ...Read more

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Male, 49 yo, smoker, for the past year I've been experiencing this pin prick feeling in left side of chest, EKG results :normal?

Male, 49 yo, smoker, for the past year I've been experiencing this pin prick feeling in left side of chest, EKG results :normal?

Hard to say.: Probably worth a chest x Ray. Costo chondritis? Costal nerve neuropathy? With the symptoms provided I probably would Not have started with an EKG. Consider seeing another physician. ...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.

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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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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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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How can a lot of chest hair affect EKG results?

How can a lot of chest hair affect EKG results?

It doesn't: A competent technician will see that the contact with the electrode isn't right, and add more paste or shave the guy's hair. ...Read more

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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

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