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What does a borderline abnormal EKG mean?

What does a borderline abnormal EKG mean?

Borderline means it: Is just off by a little bit from normal, a variation of normal or early changes indicating possible problems.

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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 could a abnormal EKG mean?

What could a abnormal EKG mean?

Difficult to say: There are varying degrees of "abnormal". Dsiscuss specific abnormalities with your doctor or cardiologist.

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31 y/o white female had a EKG done hr 83 the results stated abnormal EKG nonspecific t-wave abnormality. Was taken twice, what does that mean?

31 y/o white female had a EKG done hr 83 the results stated abnormal EKG nonspecific t-wave abnormality. Was taken twice, what does that mean?

Hard to say: Non specific t wave abnormalities can be associated with many different cardiac conditions both benign and more serious. They may also be present when nothing is wrong with the heart. That's why they are " nonspecific, ".

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Does abnormal EKG mean I have atrial fibrilation?

Does abnormal EKG mean I have atrial fibrilation?

EKG afib: An ekg can diagnose afib. There are many different abnormalities that can be seen. Abnormal does not equal a fib.

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EKG says Abnormal EKG, ST abnormality, possible digitalis effect. Short PR. What does this mean and is it serious? My ST segment looked lowered.

EKG says Abnormal EKG, ST abnormality, possible digitalis effect. Short PR. What does this mean and is it serious? My ST segment looked lowered.

Abnormal ekg: If you are digoxin at age 25 means you have an underlying heart problem. That itself might be the cause of the some of the abnormality but Digoxin does cause some abnormalities on the ekg, Have the digoxin level checked periodically and have the dose adjusted accordingly. Dt segment could be lowered with dig effect and from other causes also.

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What does it mean when doctor says abnormal ekg and says to carry nitro everywhere you go?

What does it mean when doctor says abnormal ekg and says to carry nitro everywhere you go?

Question: It means you should ask that question of the doctor that made the statement. An explanation of the instructions is appropriate.

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Any idea what this means? Normal sinus rhythm. Possible Left atrial enlargement Cannot rule out Anterior infarct. Abnormal EKG

Could be normal.: Depends upon your clinical situation. EKG's are not very predictive if they are done without a specific purpose in mind. If you have not had any symptoms and this EKG was done as part of a "routine" then it is very likely just an interesting finding without a physical meaning. You should discuss this with the person who ordered the test.

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Abnormal EKG and high chlolesterol and high-risk family members on both sides had heart problems and cancer. What could this mean?

Abnormal EKG and high chlolesterol and high-risk family members on both sides had heart problems and cancer. What could this mean?

Stress test: With the above history, a stress test will be indicated to r/o coronary artery disease. Are you having any symptoms? Any other risk factors like obesity, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, inactivity? Follow with your physician for better assessment.

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Is it possible for an abnormal EKG to be caused by something minor?

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Is it possible for an abnormal EKG to be caused by something minor?

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.

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Could abnormal EKG results be wrong?

Could abnormal EKG results be wrong?

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.

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Could abnormal EKG need to be seen by a cardiologist?

Could abnormal EKG need to be seen by a cardiologist?

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.

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Am 19. Did 2 ekg in a week, they told me it was fine. But the computer on the second one said abnormal ekg? Does this usually happen? Plz reassure.

Abnormal EKG: Sometimes the computer can read a nonspecific wave as an abnormality. The computer is not perfect. If the human interpretation was normal I would not worry. Talk to your doctor about the discrepancy between the two and do not worry. If you have any symptoms have them looked into by a cardiologist.

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What could cause an abnormal EKG for somebody with chest pains?

What could cause an abnormal EKG for somebody with chest pains?

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.

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Abnormal EKG and doctor refferred me to a cardiologist but unsure why?

Would: Go by your doctor's decision and see the cardiologist. It sounds as though further evaluation is needed.

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Will high amounts of stress cause an abnormal EKG at rest?

Will high amounts of stress cause an abnormal EKG at rest?

While it probably: Doesn't help, not the likely cause of an abnormal ekg. See your doctor to get it checked.

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If you have an abnormal EKG and your doctor tells you it's nothing to be alarmed about should you worry?

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.

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Why might my dad have an abnormal EKG during hernia surgery?

Abnormal EKG: 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

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Abnormal Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Abnormal electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test result in which the EKG recording of the heart's electrical activity shows problems such as rhythm problems, extra beats, skipped beats, fluid around the heart, ...Read more