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Which tests are recommended after EKG shows heart attack?

Which tests are recommended after EKG shows heart attack?

Depends: We may find surreptitiously in doing ekg that they may be an old heart attack. We work up the heart to find out if there is clogging of arteries or by echo how well the heart is functioning. If it is acute with symptoms and ekg suggestive of heart attack, the person is admitted to the hospital for blood tests and proper treatment by the cardiologist either invasively or by meds. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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6/2013 I felt weak, dizzy, BP was 80/50. Doc on weekend call thought dehydration. Just had EKG,showed heart attack!Could this have happened last June?

6/2013 I felt weak, dizzy, BP was 80/50. Doc on weekend call thought dehydration. Just had EKG,showed heart attack!Could this have happened last June?

Hard to know.: It is hard to know unless you had EKG or blood tests done last June when you had the symptoms. The EKG finding of heart attack now may tell the age of the heart attack. If it is acute, it willnot be from last year. If it is old, then it is possible. ...Read more

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Abnormal EKG shows old heart attack. I am only 25 with no risk factors. I am completely shocked. Did I really have one?

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

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Hi went to dr. Did EKG showed prior heart attack. X-ray showed heart normal size. Have echo scheduled. Dies heart size change with heart attack?

Hi went to dr.  Did EKG  showed prior heart attack.  X-ray showed heart normal size. Have echo scheduled.  Dies heart size change with heart attack?

Heart Damage: Most silent heart attacks (those that one does not know happened) do not cause too much damage to the heart and many people are fine. But, if the heart is not beating correctly or has to work overtime to accomplish it's functions it can get extra growth or hypertrophy. It sounds like the doctor is doing all of the right testing. ...Read more

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Ekg's a week apart show heart attack with thickening on right side of heart. What does this mean?

Ekg's a week apart show heart attack with thickening on right side of heart. What does this mean?

Abnormal: Ekg shows electrical shifts the damaged-heart attacked muscle signal, is reduced. Q waves or flattening of the ekg trace are seen and commented in the report. Thickening is not a usual comment. That would be seen on an echocardiogram more likely. Ventricular hypertrophy and larger signals can be identified by ekg. ...Read more

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How serious is an abnormal EKG that shows a possible heart attack and how soon should you see a cardiologist?

It the ecg is: Consistent with old infarction, the next step is arranging for a myorcardial perfusion stress test and evaluation of the risk factors. This can be done by his internist and there is no need for a cardiologist if you have a competent primary physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more