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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. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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. ...Read more

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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, ". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 20 y/o to have an abnormal EKG but be completely fine? Strss test and echo all fine. Mild pressure in chest area that comes/goes.

Yes: There is a wide range of unusual findings on an EKG. Most of them do not mean you have a serious problem. If you have a normal ECHO that is very reassuring. The ECHO is a much better test to determine whether your heart is functioning well. An EKG just looks at electrical activity. On the ECHO you also see muscle and valves. Do you have anxiety? Indigestion? Sounds like your heart is fine! ...Read more

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Sinus Rhythm Low voltage in precordial leads. -Old anterior infarct. ABNORMAL ekg?

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

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I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

EKGs are...just OK.: Truth be told, the EKG isn't the most informative test in the world. It's good as a screening test, but regardless of the results of such, if we think someone is truly at heart risk, we test further (stress test for example). And even if the EKG suggests an abnormality, we often need to confirm with more testing (2D Echo, for example). So it's not the most accurate test out there. ...Read more

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In head-on collision with crushing chest pain after, I had an abnormal EKG 10 days later. Is it okay to do a stress ekg? Worried about further injury.

Cardiac contusion: You likely had a cardiac contusion. It's safe to do the stress test but I'm not sure the information will be useful since a positive result may turn out to be a false positive. Stress tests are extremely safe because they're supervised with close ekg, bp, and rhythm monitoring and they're graduated and can be immediately stopped if a problem arises. ...Read more

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Had an abnormal ekg. Am 19 yr old female, underweight, eats balanced diet. What could be wrong?

Had an abnormal ekg. Am 19 yr old female, underweight, eats balanced diet. What could be wrong?

Depends: Depends on the kind of abnormality. Saying the ekg is abnormal is like saying a car is abnormal. Bad color? Bad upholstery? That's not the same as bad transmission or bad brakes. Regardless, it would be hard to tie the ekg, body weight and diet together. These are likely separate issues. Please find out the abnormality and post again for a more specific answer. ...Read more

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Abnormal EKG shows old heart attack. I am only 25 with no risk factors. I am completely shocked. Did I really have one?

Abnormal EKG shows old heart attack. I am only 25 with no risk factors. I am completely shocked. Did I really have one?

Multiple possibilite: Really need an old ECG to compare too or an echo of heart to see if there is any evidence of scarring or wall motion abnormality. Could be congenital or related to prior trauma. Any family risk factors? Also be aware that drugs like cocaine can cause MI in people with no risk factors. See cardiologist if you want resolution of your concerns ...Read more

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I have a asd&asa with abnormal ekg (right axis deviation) >100 they say this is the asd in work overload what would cause the overload? Is it bigger?

I have a asd&asa with abnormal ekg (right axis deviation) >100 they say this is the asd in work overload what would cause the overload? Is it bigger?

Right axis deviation: Electrocardiographic right axis deviation which is increasing over time associated with an ASD can indicate right ventricular dilation. If the ECG is a one point in time measurement, then its reliabiltiy as a predictor of right heart enlargement is less. Discuss with your doctor. Measuring shunt with echo is an easy way to evaluate the ASD. Sometimes a TEE is needed. ...Read more

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I have a 16 year son who has autism, he had abnormal EKG but refuse to get further testing. He had a big outburst at the hospital snd became violent.

I have a 16 year son who has autism, he had abnormal EKG but refuse to get further testing. He had a big outburst at the hospital snd became violent.

He needs to see an: Adolescent psychiatrist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician for medications approved by his cardiologist to address his aggressive behaviors, which are probably anxiety-based. Our pediatric cardiologists do a short-term admission to use Ativan (lorazepam) or conscious sedation safely while obtaining an echocardiogram & all other further studies that are needed. His behavior can't preclude medical care. ...Read more

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Had an echo stress tst done 1 yr ago, great results, take BP meds, do not smoke, 130lbs/f.Have anxiety, could that of caused my original abnormal ekg?

No.: Usually anxiety doesn't cause an abnormal ekg. Anxiety can make your heart rate faster, but shouldn't affect the electrical conduction of the heart. The cardiologist who did your original ekg would be a great person to get a second opinion on this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a subdural hematoma cause a person to have abnormal EKG readings?

Yes: A large subdural hematoma with a lot of pressure can lead to effects on the heart which are manifest in the ekg. This has to do with changes in sympathetic tone as a result of the head injury. These usually resolve when the patient improves and the pressure has been removed. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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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