what are the chances of having an entirely normal ecg, with cardiomyopathy?

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ill keep it nice and short.

what are the chances of having a cardiomyopathy, but having an entirely normal ecg?. 

by which i mean no subtle "non specific" changes at all, literally normal.

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    Zero - who read your ECG, a cardiologist or regular GP.

    Our regular GP missed my husbands cardiomyopathy, specialist was horrified when I handed her our last ECG, from a few weeks previous, and I said GP said this is normal, and I also said I dis-agree with him, YES she said so do I.

    She then ordered an immediate echo-cardiogram, which showed a cardiomyopathy with a 23% ejection fraction, for a first appt booked for 20mins, became a 3 hour appt, with another 20mins spent with cardiologist.

    Still do not understand why she sent us home, he collapsed a matter of hours later, and admitted to public hospital, again where different, cardiologist said nothing wrong with him, after looking at swollen ankles, NO SWELLING, he has never had swollen ankles, nurses quietly told me after Dr was gone, take him across town to the heart hospital, they do have a emergency dept there, they kept him eight days and stablised him.

    I still have issues with junior cardiologists recognising, when my husband is sick, as he does not have swollen ankles when he is in a crisis with fluid overload, but our consultant specialist cardiologist at the heart hospital is very good, and listens to what I have to say, and often congrats me on saving my husbands life once more by making a noise, I MAKE MYSELF the SQUEEKY WHEEL, have now saved his life 5 times.

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      hey lyn1951,

      ive had a few ecg screenings read by the top top cardiologists at cardiac risk in the young here in the uk. ive also had multiple one done through my gp, local cardiologist. i have since purchased my very own ecg machine. i record my heart maybe once a week, or before a big workout. 

      the cardiomyopthy in general, is the one of most debate when ive spoken to health care professionals. some of them insist that the ecg isnt all that useful, and misses it in say, 1 out of 10 people with echocardiogram proven cardiomyopathy's. but my argument to them has always been that it depends on the person reading it, and the ethnicity of the patient. its now a known proven fact that our african/carribean counterparts show different abnormalities on the ecg recording, making it difficult to tell if its down to ethnicity related changes, or a pathological disease. them two reason are the only things i can see that could result in someone being given the all clear by mistake. 

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