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Can drinking alcohol change your ekg?

Can drinking alcohol change your ekg?

Ecg: Alcohol ingestion of significant quantity can cause t wave and other ECG changes. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Whenever I eat carbs or drink alcohol my heart races and skips. What is my problem? I'm 22 and have had EKG and a stress test done. Bp is normal.

Whenever I eat carbs or drink alcohol my heart races and skips. What is my problem? I'm 22 and have had EKG and a stress test done. Bp is normal.

Drinking too much??: I don't know the issue with carbs, except that if you have reactive hypoglycemia and are taking in too much simple sugar, you can get periods of low blood sugar which can cause a racing heart. Alcohol is a different story, which is itself toxic to the heart in high doses, and can cause cardiac arrhythmias, especially svt and atrial fibrillation. Talk to your doctor about your drinking. ...Read more

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Left sided chest pain hurts to press on, quite localized but worse when drinking alcohol? Could it still be cardiac? Have had normal ECG and echo.

Probably gastritis.: If alcohol makes it worse it's probably GI and not cardiac. Try taking some Pepcid (famotidine) 20mg twice a day for about 6 weeks, and lay off the booze for a while. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Will you please fax my EKG results to 704-316-7745? (Novant Bariatrics) I had called a couple weeks ago to have it sent and it wasn't. I need sent s

Who's your doctor?: I don't have your EKG on file. I think you addressed your question to the general bulletin board, rather than the specific doctor you were trying to reach on HealthTap (Prime). Please relay the name so that we can forward your request; however, you may need to use HealthTap Prime or some other platform to get in contact with the doctor who has the EKG. ...Read more

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What causes false + EKG results at clinic (example: distortion, noise baseline, t wave inv latterly), then hour later at hospital checked normal.?

What causes false + EKG results at clinic (example: distortion, noise baseline, t wave inv latterly), then hour later at hospital checked normal.?

Many factors: The equipment itself could be the issue. The most common problem is the placement of the recording electrodes (stickers) on the skin. Just like any test in life, preparation is very important. ...Read more

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Ekg results. Vent rate 60 bpm, pr int 152ms, qrs dur 72ms, qt/qtc 402/402, and p-r-t axes is 72 66 55 is this normal?

Ekg results. Vent rate 60 bpm, pr int 152ms, qrs dur 72ms, qt/qtc 402/402, and p-r-t axes is 72 66 55 is this normal?

Ekg: Yes pretty normal. Actually seeing the ekg would help too. See your doctor or perform a virtual consult to see the ekg ...Read more

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Do bad EKG results means bad heart, blood or other things?

Do bad EKG results means bad heart, blood or other things?

Yes and no: "bad ekg results" aren't good. The ekg is the body surface representation of the electrical activity of the heart, and not the blood or other things. That said, there are other medical conditions that can affect the ekg. I'd recommend that you ask your cardiologist (or whoever told you that the ekg result is bad) to give you more information about your condition. Additional testing may be needed. ...Read more

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I recently had an Echocariogram, Holter (24 hour) and EKG. Results-Episodes of tach, . bileaflet MVP and trace regurgitaition. Can you explain?

I recently had an Echocariogram, Holter (24 hour) and EKG. Results-Episodes of tach, . bileaflet MVP and trace regurgitaition. Can you explain?

Valve: Your bileaflet mitral valve is normal. It is a bicuspid valve. The mitral valve works like an inverted parachute when blood comes into your heart from the lungs the parachutes collapse and blood comes into the chamber. When your heart beats the parachutes open and do not let blood back into the lungs. Sometimes that do not close completely and that causes regurgitation. Usually some is common. ...Read more

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Ekg results; vent 81bpm, p duration 122, qrs duration 138, pr interval 178, qt/qtc 392/428? How abnormal is this? Only diagnosis I have is lbbb.

Ekg results; vent 81bpm, p duration 122, qrs duration 138, pr interval 178, qt/qtc 392/428? How abnormal is this? Only diagnosis I have is lbbb.

Depends: Lbbb is abnormal. It may be associated with coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, or cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). Rarely, it can be congenital (present at birth). The significance of LBBB depends on the presence or absence of associated heart disease and whether it is a new finding or has been present for several years. May need echocardiogram and/or heart cath. ...Read more

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How can a lot of chest hair affect EKG results?

How can a lot of chest hair affect EKG results?

It doesn't: A competent technician will see that the contact with the electrode isn't right, and add more paste or shave the guy's hair. ...Read more

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Ecg/ekg results: sinus bradycardia with short pr interval, what does this mean?

Ecg/ekg results: sinus bradycardia with short pr interval, what does this mean?

2 things: Sinus bradycardia means you have a resting heart rate less than 60, can be normal finding in young, healthy or athletic people, can also be pathologic depending on how low and the clinical scenario.
Short PR can mean accelerated AV conduction which is essentially normal, or could me a pre-excitation suggesting presence of a bypass tract (WPW) but usually accompanied with other findings. ...Read more

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Does moving or talking produce false EKG results?

Ecg: Motion when an ECG is recorded can degrade the quality of the ECG recording and produce false or difficult to interpret results. ...Read more

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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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Male, 49 yo, smoker, for the past year I've been experiencing this pin prick feeling in left side of chest, EKG results :normal?

Male, 49 yo, smoker, for the past year I've been experiencing this pin prick feeling in left side of chest, EKG results :normal?

Hard to say.: Probably worth a chest x Ray. Costo chondritis? Costal nerve neuropathy? With the symptoms provided I probably would Not have started with an EKG. Consider seeing another physician. ...Read more

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How to interpret EKG results?

How to interpret EKG results?

Cardiologist: You should have your ECG read by a cardiologist. If the reading is abnormal or there are questions with the interpretation, a consult with a cardiologist or cardiac electrophysiologist may be warranted. ...Read more

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I'm 28 yrs old and for years get a fluttering in upper abdomen after eating. Perfect bloodwork and EKG results last month. What could this be?

I'm 28 yrs old and for years get a fluttering in upper abdomen after eating. Perfect bloodwork and EKG results last month. What could this be?

Unclear: This may be some type of spasm or GI upset. Not any evidence to suggest cardiac disease. This fluttering is not mentioned how frequent but may represent spams of the bowel after eating. Something else that is rare at your age is a type of dumping syndrome One other question is how much caffeine are you taking. Irritable can be evident as fluttering if you are under stress. Discuss with doc ...Read more

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