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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Why do i have bradycardia but no one can tell me why. Ekg. Echo, stress test all normal. Started 2 weeks after baby was born. 7 months postpartum.

Why do i have bradycardia but no one can tell me why.  Ekg. Echo, stress test all normal.  Started 2 weeks after baby was born.  7 months postpartum.

Symptomatic?: How slow is your heart rate? Are you symptomatic from this? If you have fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, dizziness, chest pains, headaches then I would consider seeing a cardiologist who specializes in EPS - electrophysiological studies. if you are completely asymptomatic, can exercise normally and/or are an elite athlete, then the bradycardia may not be anything to worry about. ...Read more

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Can an ekg, chest x-ray, and blood tests tell the doctor whether or not you have a weak heart?

Can an ekg, chest x-ray, and blood tests tell the doctor whether or not you have a weak heart?

Yes and No: The xray and ECG can point to a variety of cardiac conditions, but "weak heart" usually implies something called systolic dysfunction which is usually diagnosed only by an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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How does what you eat affect your chest/ breathing. I can't tell which it is but something feels uncomfortable when I breathe in at times. I had an EKG & pulmonary function test done. The doctor said I was fine. Trying to think of other options.

How does what you eat affect your chest/ breathing. I can't tell which it is but something feels uncomfortable when I breathe in at times. I had an EKG & pulmonary function test done. The doctor said I was fine. Trying to think of other options.

?esophageal: The ekg and pulmonary function testing are reassuring. If symptoms occur when eating or swallowing and there is no coughing or wheezing, some degree of esophageal dysfunction may be present. A consultation with a gastroenterologist is worthwhile if you still have concerns. If coughing and wheezing occur, see a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I am always having heaaches can anyone tell mw what's the problem. I did my ECG EEG test all was ok?

I am always having  heaaches can anyone tell mw what's the problem. I did my ECG EEG test all was ok?

Headache: Have to work with your doc, lots of causes of headache some relatively simple like neck or scalp muscle spasm all the way to big deal neurological problems. Can't tell over the web. ...Read more

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Just took an ECG yesterday results came normal. should I still worry about a stroke? also will a blood test tell me if I have a damaged nerve or artery

Just took an ECG yesterday results came normal. should I still worry about a stroke? also will a blood test tell me if I have a damaged nerve or artery

Why are you worried?: An ECG will not tell you about the blood vessels in your brain. A blood test cannot tell you if you have a damaged nerve or artery. Why are you worried? These are some of the things that can raise your risk of stroke or heart attack: smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, lack of exercise, high blood fat (cholesterol, triglycerides), diabetes, family history, poor diet. Search HT for advice. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me why I have abnormal septal motion and poor R wave progression on an ecg. I've uploaded my test result of my echo so please look?

Can anyone tell me why I have abnormal septal motion and poor R wave progression on an ecg. I've uploaded my test result of my echo so please look?

Poor R wave: progression can indicate a previous heart attack but at your age and gender it's probably something else especially when combined with abnormal septum, need rest of ECG and echo report ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on an ekg, what does the p to R wave stand for?

Can you tell me if on an ekg, what does the p to R wave stand for?

PR segment?: The PR segment is the period between the end of the p wave and the beginning of the QRS. This segment is the delay of electrical activity at the level of the AV node, electrical tissue that separates the upper from the lower chambers of your heart. A long PR segment is a form of heart block called 1st degree and is usually not dangerous and often reversible. Ask again if you mean P or R waves. ...Read more

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

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