(Closed) Any doctors, nurses or med students? Help with abnormal ECG

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You need to go to a cardiologist, do not try to get a diagnosis on the internet!!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@greenidlady:  I’m just a med student, from what we’ve been taught inverted t waves usually are a sign of ischemia, but you would also typically find an ST segment alteration so I it can be vasospasm or anxiety which altered the blood flow at that moment, hence the lack of ST segment priblems. I really can not tell you what you have since my knowledge on the subject is limited. I do think you should go to a cardiologist, not the ER, Ask if there is any possibility of getting a Holter monitor done since you say the symptoms vary during the day. They will also probably do a stress test. He will probably ask about your family history to see if any close relatives have had a heart condition. A cardiologist is the only one who can help you here sweety. Please let us know how it goes ok?

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@greenidlady:  You’re having palpitations now? First off, calm down. You havent had severe problems from them before, you probably wont have any now. Stressing yourself is not going to make it better. If there was permanent damage it would show, but in the ECG you showed us it is not evident. A friend of mine has that happen and they ran all the tests on her and it was panic attacks, and the more she worried about it the more it happened since well, she panicks! Calm down, drink some water, sit down and breathe. Count to four mississippis as you inhale and to four as you exhale. Then today or tomorriw make an appointment with a cardiologist. If you are young, healthy (not overweight), your blood pressure is normal and are not a diabetic, the odds of it being a heart attack are very low unless there are some genetic defects. Just go to a cardiologist to get a better answer and if it is anuthing besides a panic attack to get on the appropriate meds ok?

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I wouldnt read what the EKG interprets, half the time it says something is there and its not…. wait untill wed to hear what the results are and talk to ur doctor specifically about all of your symptoms. In the mean time keep a diary of all your symptoms.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@greenidlady:  I have heart palpitations and a murmur and they’re totally fine. I’ve done the Holter monitor and had EKG’s, so don’t think that there’s something wrong! It’s likely normal, but you should definitely get it checked out by a specialist.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m horrid at reading these but the one thing that stands out to me on the second one is the right axis deviation in leads I & III (which can be completely benign and is not diagnostic by itself). On the plus side, your rhythm is beautiful. Like a well rehearsed orchestra. 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

ST segment depression is usually indicative of cardiac ischemia, but I’m not necessarily seeing that in your ECG- I’m having a really hard time deciphering it at all! Maybe I need glasses, who knows 🙂 Make sure your tell your doc about your mom’s CHF.

Story to (maybe) make you feel better:

I was having palpitations. Went to the ER and had a blood pressure of 150s/90s and a pulse in the 130s. They did an ECG, normal- by the time the ECG was taken, I’d been sitting there for 2 hours and had relaxed somewhat. Doctor came in, gave me the talk about my blood pressure being too high and maybe I should exercise more….bullshit. I run in the 100s/60s at all times, and my pulse is never that high. 

Called my family doctor in tears (I was away at college), went to see him next time I was home- turns out, it’s panic disorder. Not emotionally driven or anything- sometimes, randomly, I’ll just flat out panic. My brain feels normal, but my body is panicking- if that makes sense.

My doctor put me on a beta blocker ($4 at Walmart) to take every day until I stopped the panic symptoms and then as needed. Worked like a charm!! No issues at all, now. 

Okay, I just went back and read your previous posts again- you have mitral valve prolapse? That is strongly related to panic disorder!!! I know it’s probably not the thing you want to hear most- but seriously, I’d prefer panic disorder to cardiac abnormalities. Keep us posted, okay??

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@greenidlady:  Ok sweetie, chill out, this is what I do for a living. You need not go to the ER for palpitations, which by themselves are benign. How often are they happening, are they actual palpitations or do you just feel like your heart is racing? PVCs and APCs (actual palpitations), and SVT (rapid heart rate) are completely different things but patients often like to use the word “palpitations” to describe anything that feels abnormal. I don’t see anything significant on your ECG. Your doctor will probably recommend a holter monitor and an echocardiogram. The holter is a running ECG over a 24 or 48 hour period (depending on what your doctor prescribes) that will determine any conduction issues. The echo is an ultrasound of the heart. That will show any mechanical issues. They’ll probably listen for a murmur (harmless) or look for mitral valve prolapse (harmless) which can both cause those symptoms. Lucky me, I have both lol. i live a perfectly normal life. Annoying symptoms exactly like yours that come and go  but no treatment required. Start keeping a journal of your symptoms (you will need to do this for the monitor anyway). Write down what your symptoms are, when they are occurring, and what you are doing at the time they are occurring. This will help the doctor correlate any activities that may be triggering your symptoms. You may even be able to figure things out for yourself once you look back and say “hmm, this is only happening when I … so maybe I can keep it under control if I… ”  You’ll be fine. Relax 🙂

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