ECG explanation

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Hi There ,

Can somebody please look at my ECG and tell me is it normal or does it show any signs of arrhythmia ? To me it looks a little irregular and my appointment with cardiologist is not until March (and I'm a little worried)

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    Here is an example of mine. The Cardiologists are quite happy and consider my heart is strong and I am OK to go back to work so I doubt they will tell you that there is anything for you to worry about.
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    Wow Peter , this looks very different to mine . Thank you for answers smile 
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      Its when it looks like this that the cardiologists start to worry, Ventricular Tachycardia before my ablation.
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    I obviously worry too much ... wink
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      Do you have other symptoms that lead to you using an ECG and seeing a cardiologist?

      Have you used your ECG whilst you are experiencing these symptoms?

      The reason I bought my own ECG is that the NHS had been investigating me for two years and finding nothing as my symptoms never occurred whilst they were testing me.

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    I do have occasional palpitations, and that “racing heart” that they tried to catch on the number of heart monitors for the last few years but never succeeded... 
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    These are examples of my palpitations ( I presume that this is just normal and there is nothing to worry about) It is just when i get that 200 BPM racing heart for 10-15 min it is a little scary . It does happen rarely ( i would say once a month) that's why it is so difficult to catch on ECG .

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      You should have posted these initially when you asked if you had an arrhythmia, have a look at one of my ecg's below  from before the ectopic beats joined together to form Ventricular Tachycardia, they do look rather like yours so I would guess yours too are Ventricular beats, 200 bpm is certainly tachycardia, fast heart beat), carry your ecg around so you can capture what your heart looks like when you are having a sustained fat heart beat.

      Like yours, mine started as single ectopic beats that would only occur every month, they gradually became more common until they would join together to form VT runs which are called the arrhythmia of death.

      The single beats are nothing to be concerned about, but if they ever look like the ecg I posted earlier, call an ambulance.

       

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    So how often did you have this tachycardia ? And how long did it last ?

    When I had it last time (about 2 months ago) it lasted for over 15 minutes , but apart from single ectopic beats (as you call it) I was OK since .

    Would you suggest me sending all the ECG traces to my doctor to maybe speed up the process of getting me to the specialist ?

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      Certainly take your ecg traces with you, my cardiologist said they were most helpful. If you are only getting single ectopic beats during your 15 minute episodes, I wouldn't worry, if your 15 minute episodes look like my ecg below, like I say, call an ambulance and ensure your cardiologist gets to see them soon.

      I am not a doctor, just sharing what happened to me. Since 2014 I occasionally had these strange feelings every few months, NHS could find nothing, so I bought my own ECG and found single ectopic beats that looked like yours. I had a near fainting episode that along with my single ectopic beats made the cardiologist suspect I had VT. Over the course of time they gradually became more frequent until they started joining together from last January to form VT. The last run I had was a continuous 15 hours for which I was told off. Then given an ablation, so whilst I still get the ectopic beats, they no longer join together to form VT, thats when it becomes dangerous.

       

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    My 15 minute episode was just constant very strong and fast heartbeats - shame i did not but my ECG earlier , the singles I am experiencing 10-20 a day . I guess i will keep recording . Thank you so much for your advice Peter .
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    I think they would let you know if there was anything untoward.

    Let me know the outcome.

    Take care and   keep in touch

    Sarah

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    I was looking for this and found it . This is for example a single in a longer EGC reading . They are just random .I never know when I'm going to get them . On the second picture there is a slightly different one . 

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