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Low Potassium Abnormal 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
Causes of low resting hr of 52 in 32yo? Bmi of 32, high cholesterol, little exercise, but healthy BP & 3 normal ekg's. Have anxiety & low potassium...
Likely normal: Your resting heart rate is likely normal if you are not having any other symptoms. ...Read more
I've been having chest pains randomly for about a week and I've been to the ER twice. Ekg and X-ray showed normal. Low potassium. Is heart attack likely?
What can cause dizziness and a low pulse rate (44-60 bpm). EKG, X-ray, blood work, CT scan are all normal except for low potassium.
Dizzy with low pulse: Hello JCortes, that's a really tough set of symptoms because there can be so many causes of dizziness. The first thing to come to my mind though when I hear low blood pressure though is medications, especially blood pressure medicine. If you're taking any medicine, prescribed or not prescribed, you should probably see your doctor or google them and check for common side effects. Good luck :) ...Read more
I have low potassium could that make me have panic attacks or anxiety problems. My doctor did a EKG and chest xray and my heart is good?
Not likely: It sounds like the Lo potassium was an incidental finding. After nl tests, it was determined it wasn't having clinical affects. Your sxs resemble those of panic disorder (arm pain, cp, shortness of breath), extreme anxiety, and fear of serious medical causes (like your continued concern that maybe k is the cause). Meet with your psych MD to discuss anxiety and treatments so you can be panic free ...Read more
Sudden dizziness, arms felt cold, nausea, and feeling faint, so went to ER. EKG normal, chest X-ray & brain CT & blood tests ok but low potassium. Sent home. Can Low potassium cause these symptoms?
Not likely: Your symptoms & the rapidity with which everything seems to have come on speaks in favor of what we refer to as a VASOVAGAL reaction. For some reason you suddenly had a stimulation by the Vagus Nerve of your cardiovascular system which would've dropped your blood pressure & heart rate by a fair amount. Since you were sent home from the ER I'm sure your potassium wasn't THAT LOW to be of concern. ...Read more
25/female visited doc had 153 hr, high blood pressure, and abnormal ekg, blood tests normal, low vitamin d. Anxiety or should I see cardiologist?
Risk factors: You need see a cardiologist and have an ekg done, along with getting some blood work taken. You rapid pulse may be some thing that needs to be treated. A woman at age 25 may have a secondary cause of hypertension, such as a conn's syndrome or a renal artery stenosis. Make sure these conditions are ruled out before you start some BP meds. You low vit. D level needs treatment by an endocrinologist. ...Read more
Yes, by tracing only: It is an abnormal ekg by reading of the tracing but what is most important is the ekg in relation to a good history and clinical exam. Questions to ask: do you have a past history of heart disease, high BP, diabetes, smoking? Do you have chest pain/jaw pain/pain down L arm? Is your BP high on exam? Any of these findings along with the above ekg is a MAJOR concern. Please talk with your doctor!! ...Read more
Depends: Depends of course on the type of ECG abnormality. Higher heart rates and lower BP often imply relative low volume in the bloodstream. Make sure you are hydrated. If you have a sense of racing heart (palpitations) and light headedness, you should see your doctor for another ecg, possibly an echo o check structure and function of heart. Increased adrenergic (adrenalin) tone can occur if anxious. ...Read more
Yes and no:
An abnormal ECG may represent an inaccurate read, ie mistake or not overread by a competent cardiologist.
An abnormal ECG may also represent a correct read which is a false positive, very common. In other words, an ECG is not the most sensitive or specific test, and the ECG reading could be correct but doesn't necessarily mean that the patient has this particular pathology, and vice versa. ...Read more
Possibly: Most ekg's are 'abnormal' because the computers that read the ekg are very sensitive and call most minor and insignificant things 'abnormal'. Board certified emergency doctors should be experienced enough with reading ekg's to know if it is serious or not. If you are not having any palpitations, chest pain or trouble breathing, it is probably not necessarry to have a cardiologist look at it. ...Read more
ECG: Sorry but this question can't be answered simply. We use ECG in folks with chest pains because there are some very typical and fairly specific changes seen in myocardial ischemia. On the other hand loads of things can cause 'abnormal' ECG and some of those loads are seen in people with chest pain without serious problems. ...Read more
Would: Go by your doctor's decision and see the cardiologist. It sounds as though further evaluation is needed. ...Read more
Since July, stabbing chest pains above/below my heart, constant burping, fatigue, nausea and abnormal ekg. Nurse thinks its likely from my ovarian cysts.
No: Please consult your PCP soon, or the doctor who ordered your EKG should be following you ...Read more
26 yrs old male. 14/11/2014 : stress test + echo + X-ray + blood test (thyroid) all normal after abnormal EKG (EkG had mention of 743: Possible inferior infarction III aVF). A month ago was admitted to hospital for palpitations and irregular heartbeat.
Palpitations: Can be caused by a variety of things: stress and lack of sleep, due to increase in adrenaline, stimulants such as caffeine, drugs, anxiety, or paroxysmal arrhythmias. Or any combination of the above. They already ruled out hyperthyroidism, another potential cause. If symptoms continue you can ask for a holter monitor to evaluate your heart rhythm. ...Read more
Yes: It depends on the nature of the abnormality, but abnormal ecgs can be caused by minor conditions. But the converse can also true; severe cardiac disease can be associated with normal ecgs. ...Read more
If you have an abnormal EKG and your doctor tells you it's nothing to be alarmed about should you worry?
Probably not: In many cases, as ECG is interpreted as abnormal, but is not associated with any cardiac pathology, thus it is "normal for you". I assume your doc has done additional cardiac testing before reassuring you. ...Read more
There are several types of abnormalities could be found
With the history given it could be blood pressure related changes to the heart is possible.
Underlying occult heart dz is also possible.
EKG done preoperative mainly to screen for occult problems.
Sometimes we do see nonspecific changes, with no significant heart problem. It is a good tool, but can not depend on it alone for diagnosis always ...Read more
I had 2 abnormal EKG tests. Left side chest, neck, shoulder pain comes and goes. Lightly tingling left hand. Heart beats hard often. What is this?
TOS: Early twenties female w. Chest pain ; same sided shoulder pain ; hand tingling might consider thoracic outlet syndrome. The addition of low back pain to this symptom constellation arouses concern for primary pelvic girdle disorder ; functional scoliosis. An osteopath is needed for diagnostic evaluations. Any sufferer of these symptoms would be well served to consider a fibromyalgia cause. ...Read more
Can an abnormal EKG and elevated troponins indicate a possible mi event. Also can pain in the arms, legs, hands and feet be tell tell signs of a slow but pending cardiac event about to happen? The pain value is between 7-9 thank you in advance for your t
Yes, very definitely.
The troponin test is used to help diagnose a heart attack, to detect mild to severe heart injury, and to distinguish chest pain that may be due to other causes. An elevation in combination with certain changes in the electrocardiogram can be very specific for a heart attack.
Troponin values can remain high for 1â€”2 weeks after a heart attack. Troponin may rise following strenuous exercise, although without signs and symptoms of heart disease, it is usually of no significance.
Troponin levels may also be elevated with acute or chronic conditions such as myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle), congestive heart failure, severe infections, kidney disease, and certain chronic inflammatory conditions of muscles and skin.
Some pains in the arms and less likely in the legs may be indicative of a cardiac problem. Best to have this checked by your doctor as soon as you can. ...Read more
Can someone explain telemetry monitoring? What is a telemetry floor? My mother was a cardiac patient with a pacemaker and type 2 diabetic with an abnormal EKG and elevated cardiac enzymes. She was found unresponsive and cold and had suffered a m.I. She a
Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?
See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read more
While it probably: Doesn't help, not the likely cause of an abnormal ekg. See your doctor to get it checked. ...Read more
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