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Abnormal Electrocardiogram Results
Certain medications: Certain medications obscure the ekg changes, or the exercise capacity reducing the utility of the test. Abnormalities of the resting ekg may also impair accuracy. Nuclear scans or echocardiographic images before and after exercise may be performed and may allow a diagnostic test even in these circumstances and also increase the diagnostic accuracy. ...Read more
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
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 “abnormal" but falls within borderline zone. Number one cause of abnormal axis is incorrect lead placement. ...Read more
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
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?
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
I weigh 251 I am 36 years old my EKG reading is 68 my heart rate is only 56 my chest is real tight hard to breath & my left arm aches what do I do?
Chest and arm pain: Best to get yourself to er or call for 911 for help. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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
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
I was reading my drs bill... And I found out I had a nonspecific abnormal ekg. He never told me about it...He say everithing was ok nothing to worry.
Talk to your doc!: Ask him about what you found on your bill, specifically what was nonspecifically abnormal on your ekg. ...Read more
While it probably: Doesn't help, not the likely cause of an abnormal ekg. See your doctor to get it checked. ...Read more
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
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
Would: Go by your doctor's decision and see the cardiologist. It sounds as though further evaluation is needed. ...Read more
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
Abnormal EKG with sinus tachardia 119. Does sinus tach make EKG abnormal or does that mean something else along with sinus tach?
Sinus tach: Sinus tachycardia is the normal response of the heart to speed up. It can be due to many causes. ...Read more
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
There are several types of abnormalities could be found
With the history given it could be blood pressure related changes to the heart is possible.
Underlying occult heart dz is also possible.
EKG done preoperative mainly to screen for occult problems.
Sometimes we do see nonspecific changes, with no significant heart problem. It is a good tool, but can not depend on it alone for diagnosis always ...Read more
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
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
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
Question: It means you should ask that question of the doctor that made the statement. An explanation of the instructions is appropriate. ...Read more
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
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
I have a asd&asa with abnormal ekg (right axis deviation) >100 they say this is the asd in work overload what would cause the overload? Is it bigger?
Right axis deviation: Electrocardiographic right axis deviation which is increasing over time associated with an ASD can indicate right ventricular dilation. If the ECG is a one point in time measurement, then its reliabiltiy as a predictor of right heart enlargement is less. Discuss with your doctor. Measuring shunt with echo is an easy way to evaluate the ASD. Sometimes a TEE is needed. ...Read more
I have a 16 year son who has autism, he had abnormal EKG but refuse to get further testing. He had a big outburst at the hospital snd became violent.
He needs to see an: Adolescent psychiatrist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician for medications approved by his cardiologist to address his aggressive behaviors, which are probably anxiety-based. Our pediatric cardiologists do a short-term admission to use Ativan (lorazepam) or conscious sedation safely while obtaining an echocardiogram & all other further studies that are needed. His behavior can't preclude medical care. ...Read more
Went to er with panic attack, EKG normal. Had panic attack again, this time I saw automatic interpretation say abnormal EKG. Is this very bad?
Will Autonomic Function Testing also show any possibly heart abnormalities? Can ANS dys. Cause abnormal EKG in otherwise health heart? Connected?
No, only some: Limited issues as a function of the methods used. As embodied Soul↔Mind↔Brain↔Body creatures sending >1, 000, 000 orders/sec brain→body with similar feedback, the real Hi-Tech=always inside. Medical technology is always, in varying degrees, low-tech, simplistic reflection of limited aspects of human behaviors with limited insights. Can ANS drive EKG changes? Absolutely, study: https://goo. Gl/gIycBT. ...Read more
Abnormal EKG cardioligist said it was questionable n was 90% sure it was nothing. Still having chest pain n breathing prob acid reflux bad what to do?
Possibilities...: Acid reflux, or GERD, can cause symptoms like chest pain, sour taste in mouth and it can even cause bronchospasm leading to shortness of breath. But, there is effective treatment for GERD so see your family doctor who may refer you to a GI doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
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