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How to interpret EKG results?

How to interpret EKG results?

Cardiologist: You should have your ECG read by a cardiologist. If the reading is abnormal or there are questions with the interpretation, a consult with a cardiologist or cardiac electrophysiologist may be warranted. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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What do you mean by Holter monitor has only one lead but the ECG have 12 leads. How does one lead pick up ischemic changes of the heart rythm. (F/up) previous question?

What do you mean by Holter monitor has only one lead but the ECG have 12 leads. How does one lead pick up ischemic changes of the heart rythm. (F/up) previous question?

Lead, in EKG terms,: refers to electrical viewpoint, not the physical number of electrical connections. E.g. the typical single lead Holter connects to two electrodes on the skin plus a third used as an electronic ground to improve signal to noise ratio given the tiny voltages being recorded. Holters are not designed to detect ischemia, only heart rhythm. 12 EKGs can detect signs of ischemia but miss most disease. ...Read more

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How to read brain MRI can't wait for results want to know if abnormal can be easily noticed on images I hav of result ?

How to read brain MRI can't wait for results want to know if abnormal can be easily noticed on images I hav of result ?

Really?: Okay, you actually want us to teach you how to be a neuroradiologist in 400 words or less? Not very realistic. Sorry. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how chest circumfrence relate to lungs functional test?

Can you tell me how chest circumfrence relate to lungs functional test?

Lung Function Tests: Normal value for pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are determined by age, gender, height, weight and ethnicity. There is no specific correction for chest circumference. If the chest circumference if affected by a disease (such as pectus excavatum - sunken chest), there would a restrictive pattern on PFTs with reduced vital capacity and total lung capacity. ...Read more

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How can I interpret my cardiac event monitor myself?

How can I interpret my cardiac event monitor myself?

Need training: You need to be trained in electrocardiography reading to properly read and interpret an ekg even a doctor need training to be able understand what the ekg is telling him/her. ...Read more

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Can you advise me understand my holter test result?

Can you advise me understand my holter test result?

Ask your doctor: The doctor who ordered it should explain it to you. Do you have a specific question? ...Read more

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How to interpret thyroid test results?

How to interpret thyroid test results?

No easy answer: The best way to interpret thyroid test results is to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How to analyze thyroid test results?

How to analyze thyroid test results?

Your doctor?: Hi. My specialty deals with the thyroid as specialists, and I've NEVER asked a patient to interpret his/her own thyroid labs! It's not YOUR job to interpret them, it's your doctor's job! I suggest you ask your doctor to explain them (in lay terminology that you can understand); if you're not satisfied, find a new doctor who explains things better. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to read my holter monitor results?

How to read my holter monitor results?

Talk to your Doctor: Holter Monitor used to look for abnormal heartbeats or patterns of heartbeats. They are often missed on basic ecg(EKG). The causes and types of findings are numerous. Care must be individualized to you!! Ask your Doctor. Everyone skips a few to several hundred heartbeats in 24 hours, but the pattern is very important. Go over your results with the person who ordered your test. Good Luck! ...Read more

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How to interpret blood test dc report ! please doctors help. is it cancer?

How to interpret blood test dc report ! please doctors help. is it cancer?

Don't DIY : Any and all medical tests should be interpreted in the context in which they were ordered and the ordering doc knows it best. Please have a talk with him/her and make sure your questions are answered. It is your right as patient. Best to you. ...Read more

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How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

You shouldn't: To understand what echocardiographic results mean to an individual patient requires the participation of a physician who understands echocardiography and who also knows the patient. ...Read more

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Can i get an easy to understand explanation of ecg, angioplasty - open heart surgery?

Can i get an easy to understand explanation of ecg, angioplasty - open heart surgery?

Heart procedures: An ECG or ekg, electrocardiogram, measures the electrical activity of the heart. It can give an indication of abnormal heart rhythm, heart attacks or many other conditions. An angioplasty is when a small balloon and/or a stent is used to treat a blocked artery in the heart. Open heart surgery is used to describe surgery on the heart, typically for coronary artery bypass or valve related surgery. ...Read more

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How to interpret MRI results?

How to interpret MRI results?

You can: initiate a HealthTap consult,upload the images and report, and discuss. I would be happy to do it. ...Read more

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How can I determine my abnormal liver function test results?

How can I determine my abnormal liver function test results?

If you mean cause of: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (such as Acetaminophen), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause of your LFT elevations. ...Read more

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How to interpret blood results?

How to interpret blood results?

There are many: different types of blood tests. Not sure this can be answered in 400 characters or less - even if we knew which blood test you were referring to. ...Read more

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How to read holter monitor results?

How to read holter monitor results?

Talk to your Doctor: Holter Monitor used to look for abnormal heartbeats or patterns of heartbeats. They are often missed on basic ecg(EKG). The causes and types of findings are numerous. Care must be individualized to you!! Ask your Doctor. Everyone skips a few to several hundred heartbeats in 24 hours, but the pattern is very important. Go over your results with the person who ordered your test. Good Luck! ...Read more

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How to interpret my thyroid labs?

How to interpret my thyroid labs?

Your doctor?: Hi. My specialty deals with the thyroid as specialists, and I've NEVER asked a patient to interpret his/her own thyroid labs! It's not YOUR job to interpret them, it's your doctor's job! I suggest you ask your doctor to explain them (in lay terminology that you can understand); if you're not satisfied, find a new doctor who explains things better. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stage 2 stress test heart rate was at 170 so stopped was to tired.Doc says may need loop recorder and get fit to improve symptoms.

Stage 2 stress test heart rate was at 170 so stopped was to tired.Doc says may need loop recorder and get fit to improve symptoms.

More tests needed: 170 is a very accelerated heart rate at that level of stress. You may an inappropriate sinus tachycardia or another type of arrhythmia. The stress test should help sort that out. An echocardiogram and cardiology evaluation would be appropriate. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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What test would you do to diagnosis vipoma? 1 high VIP & chromogranin, hypok be enough to confirm ? How long does diagnosis take?

VIPoma: This is complicated. You may not have the satisfaction of "a diagnosis" until your doctors have found a tumor, removed it and the symptoms have resolved. As I mentioned to you before, you should be seeing someone who specializes in these kinds of tumors. Good luck. ...Read more

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