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I'm 17 & have chest pains, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat from simple tasks, extreme dizziness and fatigue. EKG was normal. Is this normal?

I'm 17 & have chest pains, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat from simple tasks, extreme dizziness and fatigue. EKG was normal. Is this normal?

Multiple symptoms: Of course not. How could all these symptoms in a 17 year old be "normal"? You need a complete physical exam including serology and hormone levels as well as pregnancy test and mental health eval for anxiety and depression. If you take drugs (MJ) or smoke, drink alcohol or are obese or inactive, you will be negatively effected and may develop symptoms as you've described. ...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 is the difference between a simple ECG and a more detailed one?

EKG: An EKG is always simple where electrodes are placed on patient chest and to identify the rhythm and heart rate. Not sure what you mean by detailed EKG?? Did you mean signal average EKG?? ...Read more

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Went to er with panic attack, EKG normal. Had panic attack again, this time I saw automatic interpretation say abnormal EKG. Is this very bad?

Went to er with panic attack, EKG normal. Had panic attack again, this time I saw automatic interpretation say abnormal EKG. Is this very bad?

Not necessarily: The automatic printouts for EKG indicates "abnormal" for many reasons including tachycardia (increased heart rate) which is a major symptom of an anxiety attack and not bad in and of itself unless persistent ...Read more

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Whats a ekg?

Whats a ekg?

Electrocardiogram: An electrical recording of you heart activity. Painless and no risk. ...Read more

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What is an ekg?

What is an ekg?

Electric heart signa: An ekg is a record of the electric impulses the heart gives off as it beats. Several leads are placed on the chest wall to measure the inpuses from different directions and from different parts of the heart. It is an easy and inexpensive way to look at heart activity and diagnose problems such as arrhythmias, heart attacks and conduction disorders. It is also used for routine health screening. ...Read more

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What are ekg's for?

What are ekg's for?

Electrical activity: Electrical activity of the heart can evaluate heart rate, rhythm, health of conduction tissue in the heart and also clue one nto other heart diseases such as ischemia, hypertrophy, enlarged heart and cardiomyopathy. An ekg referrs to a tracing of such electrical activity from multiple vectors. ...Read more

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And two EKG abnormal?

See you doctor: You have to go over these with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does an EKG show?

What does an EKG show?

Electrical activity: Ekg is a graph of the electrical activity of the upper and lower chambers of the heart. Electricity travelling toward an ekg electrode records a positive deflection and away records a negative deflection . It offers a clue into various heart problems including heart attack, ischemia, heart rhythm disturbances, enlarged or abnormally thickened heart and electrolyte abnormalities to name a few. ...Read more

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How do you read an ekg?

How do you read an ekg?

Can't explain easily: That's what medical school & residency is for. ...Read more

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What exactly is an ekg?

What exactly is an ekg?

Electric heart signa: An ekg is a record of the electric impulses the heart gives off as it beats. Several leads are placed on the chest wall to measure the inpuses from different directions and from different parts of the heart. It is an easy and inexpensive way to look at heart activity and diagnose problems such as arrhythmias, heart attacks and conduction disorders. It is also used for routine health screening. ...Read more