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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

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Chest pain and racing heart and palpitations on and off daily even though my ekg results where normal could it be anxiety and stress?

Chest pain and racing heart and palpitations on and off daily even though my ekg results where normal could it be anxiety and stress?

Anxiety: Can manifest in the way you mention but there can also me medical causes. Please get a second opinion about your medical/cardiac status. Then see a clinical psychologist to learn stress management techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy and a mind-body technique found at www. Relaxationresponse. Org can be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why do I get daily attacks of shortness of breath when my peak flow, oxygen saturation, pulse, temperature, blood test and EKG results are all normal?

Why do I get daily attacks of shortness of breath when my peak flow, oxygen saturation, pulse, temperature, blood test and EKG results are all normal?

Breath: Many things can cause you to feel short of breath. One of the most common is a panic attack. Are you prone to them? Other medical conditions such as congestive heart failure with volume overload are frequently seen in elderly patients. Other heart conditions and pulmonary conditions can cause this as well. In a young healthy person such as yourself a panic attack seems more likely. See your Dr ...Read more

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Would a sinus venosus asd be unlikely with normal echo and EKG results, no symptoms? I have a faint systolic murmur told innocent. No split s2 (racepinephrine). Thanks.

Would a sinus venosus asd be unlikely with normal echo and EKG results, no symptoms? I have a faint systolic murmur told innocent. No split s2 (racepinephrine). Thanks.

Unlikey: I'm glad you've read up on this. Sinus venosus asd's are rare to begin with and i'd be surprised if ultrasound missed it. Any suspicion does require a consult -- what were you told? ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Yes for some tests: Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consumed. But a complete blood count will have indicators of changes in red blood cells as a result of chronic alcohol use. Chronic alcohol use: ggt, liver function tests, vitamin b12, folic acid, thiamine levels can be affected. ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from mixing bipolar medication and drinking alcohol constantly? If so, what happens?

Do health consequences result from mixing bipolar medication and drinking alcohol constantly? If so, what happens?

Unstable mood & more: If you're bipolar, mixing your medications with alcohol is like pouring gasoline on a fire. You can destabilize your sleep cycle and mood. You can over sedate yourself at times. You can expose yourself to danger when intoxicated. Please discuss this with your own doctor, who knows your particular history, medications, and risks better than we can on healthtap. ...Read more

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Drinking alcohol a day before analysis, does it affects the result?

Drinking alcohol a day before analysis, does it affects the result?

What kind analysis?: If you are talking about psychoanalysis, it might have some impact if you drink enough to still be intoxicated the next day, or if you are "hung over." if you mean a urinalysis, it may show up if they are testing for alcohol, or alcohol metabolites (ethyl glucuronide or ethyl sulfide). ...Read more

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What are the results of a dengue patient drinking alcohol?

What are the results of a dengue patient drinking alcohol?

Dengue Fever: Acute Dengue Fever can impair liver function. Hepatic dysfunction can range from mild increases in transaminase levels to severe injury with jaundice and potentially liver failure and death. Adding in alcohol will increase toxicity to liver and may contribute to worsening illness. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol before a male fertility test affect the result?

Not usually: I suppose a major binge might have an effect, but light alcohol use probably not. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol before taking a male fertility test change the result?

Does drinking alcohol before taking a male fertility test change the result?

Maybe: Only if the man is binge drinking. One study from brazil reports that drinking greater than five drinks at one setting once a week or more frequently can impair sperm quality. ...Read more

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Could routine blood test results affected by drinking alcohol the night before?

Yes: Drinking the night before will affect liver enzyme levels and depending on the amount dehydration induced, can affect other lab results too. ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from drinking alcohol when having hepatitis c? If so, what are they?

Worsening function..: Your liver function will decline more rapidly and can result in advancing cirrhosis. Best to avoid it. ...Read more

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How can drinking alcohol the night before a blood test for Accutane affect the results?

See below: Alcohol can raise your liver enzymes, making blood liver function tests falsely elevated. You should avoid alcohol while on Accutane anyway, as it can produce a disulfiram-like reaction (massive nausea/vomiting, stomach aches/cramping, etc.). ...Read more

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Drinking alcohol a day before analysis, does it affect the results?

Drinking alcohol a day before analysis, does it affect the results?

You will need to let: Us know more specifics about what the analysis is before we can answer. You can clarify and re-ask this question. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol before a semen analysis affect the result?

Can drinking alcohol before a semen analysis affect the result?

Long term use: Semen analysis tests are better indicators of health 2-3 months before the test. The sperm development cycle is 75 days, so an insult like alcohol usually shows up later. Sometimes we see effects sooner too. Alcohol is a sperm toxin in my experience but the effect is unpredictable (think alcoholics with kids). Many men who stop all alcohol have improved sperm and then pregnancy. Moderation good. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol the day before a blood test impact the results?

Depends: Depending on which tests you're having and how much alcohol you drank, the results may be affected. This is especially true if you are having liver function tests done. Alcohol is also a diuretic and may lead to dehydration. This may impact other tests as well. Of course, if the test is for the presence of alcohol, you will likely be positive. ...Read more

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How does drinking alcohol 10 hours prior to a fasting blood test alter the results?

Liver Function Tests: Your body can metabolize only so much alcohol every hour, so depending on the amount and chronicity of your drinking, it's your liver metabolism that is mostly affected. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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