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Can someone with a normal EKG and EKG treadmill stress test still have structural heart problems? Frequent pvc's. Few paired/multifocal. Will it show?

Can someone with a normal EKG and EKG treadmill stress test still have structural heart problems? Frequent pvc's. Few paired/multifocal. Will it show?

Possible: Ecg and treadmill ECG test are by no means comprehensive evaluation of the heart and do not rule out all heart disease when normal. Structural heart disease would be best assessed by imaging such as echocardiography. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Slight chest ache for last year+. Drs assure its not cardiac related nor costochondritis. Had chest X-ray, ekg, treadmill stress test. What is it?!

Slight chest ache for last year+. Drs assure its not cardiac related nor costochondritis. Had chest X-ray, ekg, treadmill stress test. What is it?!

Chest ache: A long term ache is likely to be caused by a musculoskeletal problem. To speculate would need to do a history and physical. ...Read more

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Frequent pvc's at rest/active. Normal ekg's, treadmill stress test, currently wearing a 14 day holter monitor. Could my period be inducing the pvc's?

Frequent pvc's at rest/active. Normal ekg's, treadmill stress test, currently wearing a 14 day holter monitor. Could my period be inducing the pvc's?

Unlikely: When a holter monitor is used, up to 80% of apparently healthy people will have pvc's. Your normal 12-lead ekg and exercise tolerance test will exclude the presence of most underlying heart diseases which can account for frequent pvc's. Other possibilities include lung diseases, sleep apnea, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulants. I don't think frequent pvc's are associated with menses. ...Read more

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Ekg came back abnormal but normal for me? Showed old high lateral infarct and TIA couldn't finish stress test on treadmill almost passed out

Ekg came back abnormal but normal for me? Showed old high lateral infarct and TIA couldn't finish stress test on treadmill almost passed out

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I had a reg treadmill stress test, EKG and chst xray all normal initally had chest pain. I heard this type of stress test is not accurate woman?

I had a reg treadmill stress test, EKG and chst xray all normal initally had chest pain. I heard this type of stress test is not accurate woman?

Risk stratify: I do not know you underlying symptoms but if all is normal and you have not had recurrent chest pain you should be fine. However, if the pain persists it may be smart to seek further evaluation. ...Read more

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My cardiologist did a regular treadmill stress test on me which was normal, so was resting EKG and chst xray why do I hear stress test is not gd women?

My cardiologist did a regular treadmill stress test on me which was normal, so was resting EKG and chst xray why do I hear stress test is not gd women?

Stress test ok: The problem with the stress test in women is that there are more false positive which means the test can be positive even though you do not have disease thus "falsely positive". However on the flip side, if the test is negative then it has about an 80% predictive value meaning if it is negative then about 80% of the time you do not have disease which is about the same value as in males. You are ok ...Read more

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Do I still have to worry for my chest pain even if I have normal 2deho Jan 2013, ecg, treadmill stress test I'm always thinking of heart attack/stroke?

Do I still have to worry for my chest pain even if I have normal 2deho Jan 2013, ecg, treadmill stress test I'm always thinking of heart attack/stroke?

THE QUESTION IS: Why would you have chest pain? Years ago when people were profoundly unhappy some spoke of "heartache" - a kind of deep sadness experienced as a dull ache in the chest. Lacking a physical cause, you might review your history and see if there's cause for being very hurt. ...Read more

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Having chest pain but normal stress test and EKG what could it be?

Esophagus or muscle: In a 35 yo male the most likely causes are esophagus - either spasm or esophageal reflux or intercostal muscle / nerve pain. ...Read more

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34 year old male. No famil history and normal cholestrol. Will stress test and ekg predict angina?

34 year old male. No famil history and normal cholestrol. Will stress test and ekg predict angina?

Cardiology: As with any medical diagnostics, a "stress test" for your heart has many, many variables that affect its interpretation. Cardiac testing can suggest the presence of coronary artery disease or angina but will not predict the future development of it. The best place to start is a thorough history and physical exam :) ...Read more

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If I have a normal ekg, in what cases would it still be worth going to cardiologist for stress test, etc?

If I have a normal ekg, in what cases would it still be worth going to cardiologist for stress test, etc?

Symptoms: If you have symptoms of heart disease or a strong family history of heart disease, it may be advisable to have evaluation. ...Read more

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Should I be scared of sca?! normal ekgs, normal echo shows normal function, normal stress test, normal blood work, overall. High anxiety?!

Should I be scared of sca?! normal ekgs, normal echo shows normal function, normal stress test, normal blood work, overall. High anxiety?!

No: Sounds like your anxiety may be the culprit in any episode of chest discomfort, shortness of breath, and rapid pulse. Discuss this with your doctor, and consider therapy to control the anxiety. ...Read more

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41 card did reg stress test full blood EKG he said I am fine even though I smoke on BP med pres is good. Am I ok he said strs test is reliable.

41 card did reg stress test full blood EKG he said I am fine even though I smoke on BP med pres is good. Am I ok he said strs test is reliable.

1 in 1000: No matter who you ask or how many times you ask, your risk is about 1% over 10 years and will be lower if you stop smoking. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about sca?! normal ekgs (shows normal heartbeat, just fast) normal echo showed normal function normal stress test/normal blood work

Should I be worried about sca?! normal ekgs (shows normal heartbeat, just fast) normal echo showed normal function normal stress test/normal blood work

Probably not: The risk of sca is very low in the young, healthy population. Unless you have a family history of sca or a genetic predisposition to sudden death, your risk should also be low. There is a risk calculator that can be applied to assess sca risk in patients undergoing surgery. It was developed by dr. Gupta and can be accessed at www. Qxmd. Com. ...Read more

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25 yrs old. I'm obese. EKG came back borderline abnormal. Insurance won't pay for stress test. What could be wrong with me? Is borderline a bad result

25 yrs old. I'm obese. EKG came back borderline abnormal. Insurance won't pay for stress test. What could be wrong with me? Is borderline a bad result

The EKG computer: That interprets EKGs is slanted to reflect pathology rather than normal for litigatious reasons. At your age and sex, and even though you are obese, I would bet it is actually a NORMAL EKG. This is why the insurance company won't pay. Odds are strongly against your having anything it would show other than normal. The doctor should interpret the EKG for you and not leave it up to the computer. ...Read more

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Since February I had cold feeling in center of chest. Today is is center and left side. Had stress test w/echo, EKG, chest xrays all normal. What is it?

Since February I had cold feeling in center of chest. Today is is center and left side. Had stress test w/echo, EKG, chest xrays all normal. What is it?

Frozen ice!!!: Wish the answer was that simple... Docs can test to rule out major medical issues when there are atypical symptoms in a location. Suggest keeping journal of your symptoms - time and date of occurrence, duration, diet, activities etc surrounding the events that might help your doctor the next time you go for a check up ...Read more

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9 months ago I began not felling well had some chest pains. I have had a stress test EKG and IMT test all came out great. Could it not be cardio relat?

9 months ago I began not felling well had some chest pains. I have had a stress test EKG and IMT test all came out great. Could it not be cardio relat?

Likely noncardiac: It is actually impossible to tell if you have heart disease are not based on the information that you provide because it is not clear to me what 'came out great' means but also, have not described the quality and nature of your chest discomfort. Furthermore, I cannot tell what risk profile you have, i.e., if you have high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension or anything else. A stress test that I ...Read more

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Isn't a stress test EKG more reliable than a resting one? If stress test is normal than I should be good?

Family practice: A stress test is better than a resting ekg in detecting potential heart disease. If there are symptoms then a thallium stress test or even a cardiac catheterization is needed to completely rule it out. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more