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Does an ECG show abnormalities even if you are not having palpitations at the time?

Does an ECG show abnormalities even if you are not having palpitations at the time?

Yes, it can: Some patients are not symptomatic, and yet can have abnormalities in heart rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation or pvcs. Often times, an event monitor or holter monitor can be helpful in identifying episodes over a longer period of time and correlating with symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitation is also known as Pounding heartbeat. Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


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Flipped T wave in lead 3, no other abnormalities. ECG was done due to palpitations, increased HR, and lightheadedness. Normal echo. Is this okay?

Flipped T wave in lead 3, no other abnormalities.  ECG was done due to palpitations,  increased HR,  and lightheadedness. Normal echo.  Is this okay?

Flipped T in III: Normal variant. Would check tilt test to see if heart rate increases when tilted , as you may have POTS postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome Also check TSH/T4 , check for H pylori if any abdominal discomfort, and less commonly consider ANA, sed rate, DS DNA and ACE metanephrines and 5HIAA., if all else negative ...Read more

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Palpitations had ecgs ect in past worrying me ?

Palpitations had ecgs ect in past worrying me ?

Event monitor : 24 years old with palpitations. Ask your doctor for event monitor that detects your heart rhythm and rate at the time of your palpation to help make a diagnosis .ssometimes EKG alone is not enough to make diagnosis on palpitation ...Read more

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Had multiple ecgs over last ten yrs last being yesterday but im still worried my palpitation are dangerous?

Had multiple ecgs over last ten yrs last being yesterday but im still worried my palpitation are dangerous?

Not likely: Palpitations are often bothersome and rarely dangerous in the absence of structural heart disease. Trust your doctors. I am certain they have evaluated you fully if this is a problem for over ten years. Perhaps you should focus on why these worry you so much rather than on whether they are dangerous. Consider counseling. ...Read more

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Can palpitation show up in ecg?

Can palpitation show up in ecg?

Depends: It depends on cause. Palpitations often are found to be not heart related. Only causes that are due to changes in the heart beat such as premature beats or pauses will be found on ecg. ...Read more

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Does an ECG pick up any palpitations happening at the time of the test?

Does an ECG pick up any palpitations happening at the time of the test?

Yes: If you have palpitations at the exact time an ECG is being recorded, that would confirm exactly what your heart is doing at the time you felt a palpitation. Unfortunately that is hardly ever the case, which is why holter or event monitors can be quite helpful - they can monitor the heart over a 24 hour or a 4 week timeframe. ...Read more

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Am young. I have palpitations sometimes. Is it dangerous? Is it common? Normal ecg

Am young. I have palpitations sometimes. Is it dangerous?  Is it common?  Normal ecg

Heart Aware: Some people are more heart aware than others. Most people do not feel their heart in their chest unless they are lying down on the left side. It may be normal for you but there are a few abnormalities that could make this a more prominent symptom for you. It would be worth your time to seek an evaluation by a health care provider to exclude anything significant being wrong. Reassuring too. ...Read more

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Lately i've had palpitations, i've had 3 ecgs which were all normal and my doc doesn;t seem concerned. Is it possible that sugar is causing them?

Doubtful: The most common type of "palpitations" are premature ventricular contractions (pvc's) which just means the ventricle (large chamber of the heart) is beating prematurely. Pvc's can be brought on by stress, lack of sleep, or caffeine but sugar is an unlikely cause. Although somewhat irritating, pvc's are not serious and rarely require any specific treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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