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Do bad EKG results means bad heart, blood or other things?

Do bad EKG results means bad heart, blood or other things?

Yes and no: "bad ekg results" aren't good. The ekg is the body surface representation of the electrical activity of the heart, and not the blood or other things. That said, there are other medical conditions that can affect the ekg. I'd recommend that you ask your cardiologist (or whoever told you that the ekg result is bad) to give you more information about your condition. Additional testing may be needed. ...Read more

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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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I had heart palpations. EKG says abnormal results, but doctor said everything was fine and it was normal. Which do I believe? I do have anxiety.

I had heart palpations. EKG says abnormal results, but doctor said everything was fine and it was normal. Which do I believe? I do have anxiety.

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Help! Feel like I'm breathing very shallow while trying to sleep, healthy am over weight but heart healthy multiple ekg normal results 2 occurences?

Help! Feel like I'm breathing very shallow while trying to sleep, healthy am over weight but heart healthy multiple ekg normal results 2 occurences?

Could be: thst you are having a form of sleep apnea, where you stop breathing periodically when sleeping, or hypopnia, which is shallow breathing. This problem is commonly seen in overweight people. See ur doc and consider having a sleep study. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Less likely: A nl ekg does not completely exclude active heart disease. If there are persistent symptoms cardiology eval with echo, stress test and cardiac enzymes may be in order. If these tests are neg and symptoms persist atrial of nsaids for costochondritismay be helpful. ...Read more

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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

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

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How reliable are the results of a EKG of the heart?

Often nondiagnostic: Ekgs are usually reliable in identifying whether the heart rhythm is normal and whether the chambers are normal size. They may show signs of scars but other abnormalities are often nondiagnostic and may be due to metabolic disturbances or inflammation . Frequently the ekg findings have to be interpreted with the help of clinical information. ...Read more

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Ekg and a echocardiogram and the test results were normal. Does this mean my heart is normal?

Ekg and a echocardiogram and the test results were normal. Does this mean my heart is normal?

Not necessarily: These tests can only pick up so many of the abnormalities. It is possible that you have narrowing of the coronary arteries but the blockage is not severe enough to show up in these tests. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to see what are the results of other tests, including lab tests and what, if any life style changes or medications may be needed. ...Read more

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If you had a EKG six months ago with normal results and have continually had chest discomfort could you be having heart attack?

If you had a EKG six months ago with normal results and have continually had chest discomfort could you be having heart attack?

EKG: The ekg is a 10 second snap shot in time. It does not tell us anything about future risk for heart disease. An ECG can give you an indication that there may be thickening of the heart muscle, prior heart attack/ scar or arrhythmias etc. If you are having exertional chest pain you need to seek immediate medical care. ...Read more

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