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What does a "q-wave" mean on an ekg?

What does a "q-wave" mean on an ekg?

It depends: Sometimes it can just be a normal variant, sometimes reflects an old heart attack. Your physician can tell you which of the two it is. ...Read more

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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 does a Q wave mean on a ekg?

What does a Q wave mean on a ekg?

EKG: The ekg has waves with amplitude and direction. A q wave reflects a lack of electrical force in a certain direction. This lack of force has some correlation when a change in pattern with a loss of muscle as is seen in heart damage like a heart attack. ...Read more

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My dad had a MI 3mths later on ECG the report said inferolateral st sagging and 'surprisingly no q wave' what does this mean?

My dad had a MI 3mths later on ECG the report said inferolateral st sagging and 'surprisingly no q wave' what does this mean?

Pathological q waves: Are changes commonly seen on the EKG after a heart attack. They reflect an area of damage or scarring. Usually they are a permanent change on the EKG, But sometimes they disappear. That's why the report said " surprisingly no q waves". ...Read more

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I got my ECG results and my Q wave was abnormal. Does this mean that I had a heart attack?

I got my ECG results and my Q wave was abnormal. Does this mean that I had a heart attack?

It depends: It depends on the location and size of the Q waves in relation to the other parts of the qrs complex. Ask your doctor to look at the ECG and let you know. ...Read more

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What exactly is a borderline q-wave of ekg?

A rather: Non-specific finding on ecg. Often benign in young otherwise healthy patients. ...Read more

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Cardiology. Wat relarevance dose a Q Wave have on lead 3 of an EKG. Where dose intrascapula fit is this part of another condition? And affects the heart

Cardiology. Wat relarevance dose a Q Wave have on lead 3 of an EKG. Where dose intrascapula fit is this part of another condition? And affects the heart

None.: It is not uncommon for young adults to have Q waves. These are normal and are the first activation of the bottom of the heart, between the main pumping chambers, called the interventricular septum. After that, it splits into Left and Right sides but that first Q wave is picked up as the initial beat of the ventricles before spreading out into the main heart muscles that make the main Signal. ...Read more

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Is a small Q wave on an ECG significant?

Is a small Q wave on an ECG significant?

Probably not: By definition, a "significant" Q wave must be > than 40 msec in duration or > than 25-33% (depends on the reference) of the R wave height. Even by that criteria, many electrocardigraphically significant Q waves are seen in people with normal cardiac echo's and mri's. ...Read more

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What do flat t waves mean on an ekg?

What do flat t waves mean on an ekg?

Low Potassium: Flat t waves can indicate that you are low in potassium (k) or that you are experiencing some ischemia (lack of oxygen) to your heart. Was this a routine ekg? Or was it a stress test? Depending on the answer, your doctor may want some more tests to evaluate blood flow to the heart. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does st/t wave changes mean on an ekg?

Hello doctors, what does st/t wave changes mean on an ekg?

Varies: Depending on what the other indicators in history and physical and presentation are this could be a nonspecific finding could also represents ongoing active ischemic heart disease such as a heart attack or angina. ...Read more

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What does long Q waves me on a EKG mean?

ECG: On an ecg there are Q waves and QT intervals. Q waves can mean scar in the heart, long QT interval can mean abnormal electrolyte concentrations or be caused by some drugs. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have flattened t waves on EKG with normal echo?

Ecg: Flattened t waves are a nonspecific finding. It the echo is normal wouldn't worry about the ECG tho could check electrolytes if curious. ...Read more

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What does an EKG 12-lead impression: non-specific st t wave abnormality mean? I I just need to know what this test result means.

What does an EKG 12-lead impression: non-specific st t wave abnormality mean? I I just need to know what this test result means.

A: A "nonspecific" abnormality means that the wave doesn't look like the typical, standard ekg. The st-t wave is the wave that occurs right after the qrs. Often times the wave doesn't look typical, but it is important to note if prior ekg's have appeared the same for the patient. Also, some medications can cause these changes. ...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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I was in ER &dr said my EKG looked worse &that my t waves were deeper & admitted me then nxt morning a dr said don't worry, what does deeper waves mean?

I was in ER &dr said my EKG looked worse &that my t waves were deeper & admitted me then nxt morning a dr said don't worry, what does deeper waves mean?

Impossible: Without seeing the ekg we cannot possibly comment on this. But, that is okay. You have a family doctor. This is the perfect question to ask your physician in follow up after an er visit. ...Read more

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What does EKG saying t wave flat mean?

Ecg: Flat t waves are a nonspecific finding, in and of themselves they are of minimal significance. ...Read more

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What do "slightly flat" S/T waves mean on a routine EKG?

EKG - ST - Changes: 60 years old female with slightly flat ST -T waves on EKG : The EKG is not a very sensitive tool to diagnose heart disease especially in females.
EKG should be compared to prior EKG's if you had one done in the past and also your cardiologist or physician should look into your symptoms and risk factors together with EKG changes to make further recommendations ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when your t wave changes are nonspecific on an ekg?

Not satisfying: I know my answer won't be satisfying to you, but "non-specific st-t wave changes" mean exactly what they sound like. The ekg has changes that are abnormal but are non-specific, ie they don't diagnose anything. For example, sometimes you don't feel good. You can't describe what's wrong - something is wrong but the problem is "non-specific". You just don't feel normal. ...Read more

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I am 35 years old and I have an isolated t wave in version 3 in my EKG what does this mean?

I am 35 years old and I have an isolated t wave in version 3 in my EKG what does this mean?

Likely benign: This is likely a benign variant but sometimes further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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What does probable anterseptal mi age undertiminate Q waves v1-v2 neg t's mean on a EKG what does it mean?

What does probable anterseptal mi age undertiminate Q waves v1-v2 neg t's mean on a EKG what does it mean?

Very detailed read: Q-waves on a particular set of leads tells us you had a heart attack some time in the past (age indeterminate = don't know when). The v-leads tell us it was in the septum. T-waves indicate acute myocardial infarction (mi=heart attack), and you didn't have those. Overall, I would say you had heart trouble in the past, but were doing ok at the time of this ekg. ...Read more

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What should p waves look like in lead v1? What does it mean if different on some EKG? One will show completely positive, one fully negative, another biph

What should p waves look like in lead v1? What does it mean if different on some EKG? One will show completely positive, one fully negative, another biph

There can be a lot: Of normal variability to the p-wave morphology in V1. More so in women. In general a biphasic or mostly upright p wave is usual. Certainly you could have an ectopic atrial activation in which case the morphology would be altered. Physical positioning (sitting, lying or at 30 degrees) for the EKG will also make a difference. Lead position too. Regardless it is usually of no clinical significance. ...Read more

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Ekg had abnormally tall P wave. Taller than QRS wave. What could this mean? Is this dangerous? Was taking by EMT's before being put in ambulance at.

Many possible reason: There are many possible reasons that your P wave could be taller than your R-wave. Some are harmless and others could suggest that further investigation of the cause might be helpful. Ask the doctor in the ER or hospital where you are headed. Otherwise, talk to your PCP after hospitalization. ...Read more

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What would low voltage qrs and non specific t wave abnormalities in lateral leads mean on borderline EKG. Doctor was not concerned?

What would low voltage qrs and non specific t wave abnormalities in lateral leads mean on borderline EKG. Doctor was not concerned?

Need old EKG: Low voltage means the tracing showed low amplitudes (i.e., the "spikes" were not very tall). The nonspecific T wave abnormality refers to an upward or downward deflection after the spike. Without an old EKG, it is hard to tell if the T wave abnl is new or not. This pattern is seen often in healthy younger people, which (given ur age) is probably the case; however, a new T wave abnl can indicate MI ...Read more

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Normal ekg with " poor r wave progression" stress Echo came back normal. What does the poor r wave progression mean?

Normal ekg with " poor r wave progression" stress Echo came back normal. What does the poor r wave progression mean?

Ecg: Poor R wave progression doesn't necessarily mean anything. If your echo images are normal, that confirms the 'poor R wave progression' in your case isn't anything to be concerned about. ...Read more

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What does it mean that my EKG reads nonspecific t wave and prolonged qt interval?

EKG: Often the computer that prints the ekg's will type these comments on the top best to review it with either you regular physician or someone that reads them regularly, likely a cardiologist. Sometimes these are incorrect and in any case often not indicative of any disease. ...Read more

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EKG shows normal sinus rhythm, no acute Ischemic changes and poor R wave progression. What does that mean?

PRWP: PRWP or poor R wave progression can be a sign of a few things: most common problem I see is artifactual: simply a matter of suboptimal electrode placement of the EKG either due to sloppy technique or else breast tissue (in women). PRWP can also be a sign of a previous anterior wall MI or heart attack. Lastly, some conduction abnormalities such as left anterior fascicular block can cause this ...Read more

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My t waves in my EKG were upside down in one part. But the rest of it looked fine, does that mean heart attack?

My t waves in my EKG were upside down in one part. But the rest of it looked fine, does that mean heart attack?

T and sympathy: T waves alone do not mean heart attack. You need to see the whole ECG. T waves absent other abnormalities are quite nonspecific. ...Read more

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What do flat t waves on ECG mean?

They are usually non: These are non specific changes.

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What does elevated t waves on ECG mean?

Please clarify quest: The ECG may show either "tall" or "peaked" t waves, or may show "elevated" st segments. The description of "elevated t waves" is incorrect. Elevated st segments can mean many things, but at age 37 without any symptoms, are probably benign. Peaked t waves can also reflect a variety of issues, or may be benign. Would need to see the patient and the ECG to know for sure. ...Read more

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My ecg showed a Negative T wave in lead 3 what does this mean? And what could cause this?

ECG: T waves inverted in lead 3 are a nonspecific finding and in and of themselves not a big deal. They must be judged in the context of the whole 12 lead study and clinical information. Ask your Doc about your study and meanwhile don't worry about the test result. ...Read more

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I just had a ecg and it said left axis deviation and a t wave abnormality. What does this mean?

I just had a ecg and it said left axis deviation and a t wave abnormality. What does this mean?

Understanding based: On both heart anatomy & how the electrical stimulation spreads from cell-to-cell with the atria, then within the ventricles. Both terms relate to both heart anatomy & electrical activity within the ventricles, both dominant depolarization biased more to left side (left axis deviation) & altered repolarization (T waves); many possible reasons. Study: https://www. Google. Com/search? Q=EKG+patterns. ...Read more

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I have just done a ecg and it came back with a left axis deviation and t wave abnormality. What does that mean?

Left axis deviation: What that means is the doctor who was "caring" for you has not been very pleasant or helpful.
Two things to do:
1: Please have your doctor explain all of the information to you. There is absolutely no reason why that did not happen already.
2: You can go online and look for several patient centered articles that will be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it bad if the P and the R wave are the same amplitude and shape on all leads from an ECG and what does this mean. Amplitude for both was 3.5 mm.

ECG: It would be highly unlikely for what you describe to happen on an properly recorded ecg. There are a few possibilities should it be real but it is very unlikely ...Read more