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Is Angina Diagnosed Through An Ekg
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
Someone takes a cardiac treadmill stress test and experiences tachycardia which is then identified by an cardiologist as a benign tachycardia.Problem?
Difficult to say: Based on the information provided, it's difficult to answer your questions. As while a tachycardia may be benign - as in not life-threatening - it doesn't mean that it won't cause symptoms like palpitations or lightheadedness. It may even further evaluation and possibly even medications to control. If it is sinus tachycardia, which is expected to be found on a stress test, then I wouldn't worry ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Angina: Angina is a symptom that can be caused by a number of things. Your heart is 100% not causing your symptoms. Please stop wasting money and energy on what is not the problem and begin to address why you carry so much stress in your chest that your body reacts with pain. Your chest muscles are tired. They do not have enough oxygen. This is your body saying breathe! ...Read more
Depends: Usually a physician orders a holter if you have palpitations. If you had palpitations during the holter recording and no abnormality is noted then that is a good thing. If your palpitations occur infrequently you might need a longer recording period using an event monitor. There may be structural heart problems or problems with coronary arteries which may not be evaluated by ekg or holter. ...Read more
During a carotid artery scan (handheld like an ultrasound) an intermittent cardiac arrhythmia was detected. What kind of arrhythmia would it be?
Both: Both an ekg and an echo might be appropriate for diagnosis of a murmur. Complete evaluation can depend on when it was recognized and whether you are having any other symptoms, such as dizziness, skipping beats, or shortness of breath. Some murmurs are benign but you should always let your physician know if something is new or changing with your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
VentricularArrythmia: A ventricular arrhythmia would be picked up on an ekg if it occurred while the tracing was being recorded. If the arrhythmia was intermittent it might be missed, in which case a holter monitor recording (sort of a continuous ekg) would be necessary. A ventricular arrhythmia would not be detected by an x-ray. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: Low & low depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A recent electrocardiogram revealed an enlarged left atrium. I'm only 25 but heart disease runs in my family. How serious of a condition is this?
Depends: There are 2 question: is the atrium truly enlarged and, if so, is there a reason for it: both can be answered with an echocardiogram. Usual reasons for left atrial enlargement are: hypertension, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve disease, and atrial septal defect. The EKG is very indirect. The echo is much more accurate as it directly measures LA size. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How dangerous is an ECG tracing- right nundle branch block septal wall ischemia for an 8 yo/ female child? She's having squeezing chestpain recently.
Possibly Dangerous: I am a pediatric cardiologist. I agree with the other answer--i would strongly recommend you take your child to see a pediatric cardiologist as soon as possible if you haven't already. The diagnosis of bundle branch block and ischemia is serious, but it depends where it is coming from. Machines are not good at interpreting pediatric ecgs. Again, please see a pediatric cardiologist asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All of the above: In addition to a thorough physical exam, a full and detailed history is as important. Heart disease can be due to electrical abnormalities, structural abnormalities or a combination of these so you will probably not appreciate the entire picture if you concentrate on a single diagnostic approach or modality. ...Read more
Is an echocardiogram stress test EKG and Chest X Ray enough to discard any heart related problem such as heart failure?
Yes: Well the visualization of the coronary artery branches is quite limited although one can not uncommonly see the origin of the left main coronary artery for instance especially when calcified. In addition, coronary artery disease can result in focal abnormalities in contraction. Primary muscle disease in general interferes with contraction all over. If the abnormality is focal it suggests cad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but no: An ECG can check the changes in the heart and the way it conducts electricity. This also can see when the atria or ventricles are abnormal in size, but this is a later finding and also not very sensitive. Valve defects are best seen on an echocardiogram (ultrasound). Despite this, it would be first important for a good history and physical exam to see if there's a problem in the first place! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Went to the ER with chest pressure and shortness of breath. ECG abnormal, showing a sinus arrhythmia and septal infarc. Is that an old heart attack?
All depends: on type of work. As well as the severity of the disease. Talk to your doctor. May be treated with medication or they may need to do more treatments. ...Read more
Is sclerosis of an arterial valve dangerous? I'm 32. I have a RBBB discovered on an EKG. Had an echo showing some sclerosis. something to worry about?
Probably not: At this time there is probably nothing to worry about (the cardiologist would have let you know if there was). I would simply adopt a healthy lifestyle of exercise, healthy eating, getting to a normal BMI. As long as the sclerosis doesn't affect the way the heart pumps blood (measured as ejection fraction) then it will not cause problems. RBBB is also pretty common and not dangerous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more