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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