abnormal ekg

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Hi, I'm 21 and recently had a ekg due to heart palpitations. In the er they told me I had abnormalities on my ekg. So they hooked me up to a monitor over night. The next day they said everything was fine and I was sent home. I seen a cardiologist and he also did a ekg. He said it was showing "non specific changes". I had a echo cardio gram which came back completely normal. So my doc wanted to compare my recent ekg to a ekg I had last year. He told they were both the same, my ekg I had recently and one from last year. So he said not to worry as this could just be my "normal". Anyone experience something similar?

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    If you have had a cardio specialist look at your result and tell you its OK you should be fine.

    You may have a minor electrical problem going on, some of them will never cause you problems, they are just there and you will probably never have problems, just natural for you.

    a very senior specialist explained to me over the last few years especially since we have had Cat scans, MRI's we are picking up all sorts of abnormalities that are not abnormalities just not in the text books.

    Husband is one of those, they discovered he has little or no plaque in his arteries, abnormal yes, 98% of us has plaque in our arteries he falls into the 2% who don't, and yet they are treating him for a heart condition, cause unknown, possibility a virus.

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      Yes my cardiologist looked at my echo and said everything was completely normal, just my EKG was showing abnormalities. But he said not to worry so that's exactly what I'm going to do. Thank you for replying. I hope all is going well with your husband!
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      Melanie - My husband is doing very well, 5 years on from his initial heart issues, virus attacked his heart, he has heart failure, but the heart hospital watch him every six months he has an echocardiogram, and they watch for changes.

      We are under the care of a professor of cardiology who seems to have taken husbands case under his wing, and uses him for teaching purposes of whats not in the text books for his students. He doesn;t get swollen ankles, but he does put on kilos of extra weight (fluid) and i have to watch that every day, weights himself when he gets up every morning, 2 kilos and I take him to the hospital.

      2 weeks ago they have installed a pacemaker and defib as his heart beat dropped to 30 BPM, they looked at his medications they could be culprit or soo they told us, when medications wore off his heartbeat dropped even further, that only confirmed they had better pull their fingers out and install the pacemaker sooner than later.

      One thing we have found out is that coffee, can effect your heartbeat and make it seem irregular, also some so called health drinks can also have alot of caffeine, they make my heart beat irregular, also husbands heart lots of strange results, Dr's told us to stay away from coffee, chocolate, any suppluments, unless checked very carefully.

      I take no chances now, I have educated myself what his medications are, how they affect him, what we can add ie multi vitamins, and some fish oil to help with arthritis, even they can affect your blood pressure, and he has enough problems with BP as it is.

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    Very few people have 'textbook normal' heart rhythms. As lyn says, if there are no discernable mechanical problems with your heart you may have your own personal electrical profile on your ecg.

    What would be of interest is whether your QT interval was measured and at what heart rate on your ecg. That is a measure that would indicate your vulnerability to drugs/foodstuffs which may have caused your palpitations.

    Regards

    Bob

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      Thank you for replying, thankfully my palpitations went away. I haven't had any in the past month and I'm happy because those things are quite scary! Doctors said it could if also been due to my coffee intake.
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      I'm not sure of what my QT levels were but my heart rate was at 91 bpm so that is considered in the normal range. All the ekg said was "t wave abnormality (inversion) over the anteroseptal leads, impression-borderline abnormal ekg" but my cardiologist looked at my echo I had 2 months ago and said it was completely normal. He also compared this recent ekg to one I had last year (which turned out to be because of anxiety) and he said the tracing was the same. So he said there isn't need too worry, he just wants me to do a stress test
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      I've been looking for an explanation for my arrhythmia after taking prescribed drugs to address essential hypertension. I bought a Handheld ECG that was in use as a screening tool and also traced my heart waveform on a personal computer complete with evaluation of critical heart timings.

      Some cardiologists even accept the data from this machine as basis for diagnosis.

      The machine said my QT interval was longer than normal which would explain my sensitivity to many drugs that are known to prolong QT even further and cause arrhythmia.

      My GP however was insistent that his prescribing was within UK NICE guidelines and that he hadn't possibly caused any adverse condition.

      I'm beginning to think many cardiolologists just look at heart waveform morphology rather than looking at what is a critical measure.

      Some of us have longer QT intervals than others which may either be due to a permanent inherited condition (LQTS -Long QT Syndrome) or a temporally induced drug reaction(possibly even from regular drinks/foods).

      My QT intervals are consistently borderline for a male  but your QT would be assessed as borderline if it were over 470 milliseconds at a heart rate as close as possible to 60 beats per minute.

      It is thought that those with LQTS number about 1 in 2500-3000 but is subject to ongoing research.

      BTW - even if you had LQTS you could still be fit enough get a pilot's licence. A stress test is also a measure of longer than normal QT intervals. You may well be one of a very special group.

      Good Luck

      Bob

       

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    Hello Melanie. The other two replies sounds like great advice. Back in 2007 I was scheduled for knee surgery and before putting me to sleep they did an EKG on me and it was abnormal, so they cancelled the knee surgery until I could see a Cardioligist.

    They ran me through the entire battery of test and found out my Aortic valve was bad in my heart due to a heart murmur I was born with.

    I was 51 at the time. They did the surgery on me and I am still kicking at 60 years old.

    You took the correct path by seeing a heart specialist. Once you have an Echo and it measures all your pressures and thickness, it will pick it up if something is wrong. I have had a yearly EKG and echo since my surgery just to keep a check on my valve

    I was a professional firefighter for 30 years and had a yearly physical administered by the Fire Service and many of the young guys would have an abnormal reading on their EKG. They were then referred to a Cardioligist and after running further test, they were all checked out fine.

    It strongly appears to me because your young age and the fact that you chose the correct path to be checked out, you don't have one thing to worry about.

    I know something luke that is scary, especially at a young age, but you did the right thing, so now get on with living a long healthy life!!.

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      Thank you for this advice! Yes it's definitely a scary thing to deal with specially being so young. But like you said I'm happy I seen a specialist and he told me not to worry. I have a stress test coming up in 2 weeks. Hopefully that comes back normal. Never had a stress test before
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    Yes, had something similar they scared me haft to death a n d all was due stress something called broken heart syndrome check it out on the web
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    Melanie, about the stress test. When I had a stress test, my Valve was so bad, they started me out on a treadmill, but quickly injected that hot feeling whatever in me to induce stress on my heart.

    The stress test if you have no problems should be a breeze. The whole idea is to get the old heart active and pumping and that's what the test is.

    You won't have any problem with it.

    Generally when they find something wrong after the Echo, EKG and stress work, you would then have an Arteriegram where they inject the dye through your heart to check for blockages, but from what you have said, you will never reach that point.

    After your stress test be sure an update us on everything, but as stated before, your heart seems to be completely normal.

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    Hi, I have severe white coat hypertension.  I just recently went on a low dose of bp medicine and a change in my anxiety medicine.  In doing so, the doctor ran an ekg, it came back with abnormalities.  She said sometime in the next couple of months she would like for me to have a stress test ran.  I was reminded of 20 years ago when my son was a baby.  This is when my white coat began, I diagnosed myself with postpardum depression but my doctor at the time thought I was wrong.  Any, I was anxious, my bp was up one visit.  They ran an ekg it came back abnormal.  I had an echocardiogram performed it came back normal. 

    I am wondering if possibly have two abnormal ekgs could be my normal?  Any thoughts?

    Tara - age 50

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      Hey Tara, I'm a 60 year old male. When I was 50 years old I went to a doctor for a torn meniscus in my knee. The specialist recommended surgery. Right before surgery they ran all the necessary pre op test including an EKG. Right before rolling me back to surgery, they came in and told me I had an abnormal EKG so they refused to put me to sleep before I saw a Cardiologist. The Cardiologist ordered several test showing a bad Aortic valve. They replaced it and eventually my EKG returned to normal. I also suffer from white coat syndrome and I do take blood pressure medicine, but the minute I walk in a doctor's office, my blood pressure soars.

      I guess anytime you have an abnormal EKG, it should be checked out but I know many people that have abnormal EKGs that have nothing wrong. Better to be safe than sorry!!

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      Thank you.  I am scheduling the stress test for sure.  I just thought it was odd that I have had two in my life and they both have been abnormal.

      Thanks again.

      Tara

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      Yes, I've heard of abnormalities several times that there was nothing physically wrong. I wander if the anxiety can cause that? I know at my job, we had yearly physicals and out of 100 firefighters, several always showed abnormal EKGs in which turned out to be normal after further testing but mine was a warning.

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