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Got a possible anteroseptal infarct EKG result. How often is this a wrong dx?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: very often

If you have no history of heart disease, this is likely to be wrong.
It's based on abnormal voltage of the r wave in lead v2 and is very often due to lead placement. If your doctor moves the leads around a little (usually going up or down a rib interspace), the infarct pattern often disappears. An echo or nuclear stress test can also rule this out.

In brief: very often

If you have no history of heart disease, this is likely to be wrong.
It's based on abnormal voltage of the r wave in lead v2 and is very often due to lead placement. If your doctor moves the leads around a little (usually going up or down a rib interspace), the infarct pattern often disappears. An echo or nuclear stress test can also rule this out.
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