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    Abnormal EKG
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    An_243926 posted:
    Can an Ekg machine malfunction? During a doctors visit an ekg was done upon request. Ekg results showed I was having an acute Myocardial infarction . Leads were never moved but 5 tests were taken all showing the same result.
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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    The computer that reads your ECG is sometimes wrong. There are sometimes situations in which the computer interprets the findings as being consistent with having a heart attack - but that's why it's important for a doctor to be taking a look too!
     
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    It's possible (as anything electrical/electronic can), and adding to what Dr. Beckerman said -

    Good general info

    HeartSite

    EKG

    It is important to remember that EKGs are not 100% accurate. Normal recordings can be obtained in patients with significant heart disease, or some "abnormalities" may exist in the presence of a normal heart.

    http://www.heartsite.com/html/ekg.html

    Additionally here, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent (no telltale symptoms).

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



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    Imaging Ischemia or a Heart Attack (myocardial infarction, MI, actual death or necrosis of heart muscle/tissue/cells)

    Isotope/Nuclear Stress Test

    SEE: Actual rest/stress nuclear images

    The physician can separate a normal left ventricle, from ischemia (live muscle with flow that is compromised only during exercise) and the scar tissue of a heart attack......

    http://www.heartsite.com/html/isotope_stress.html

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    LEARN ABOUT the Heart


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    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

    http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart


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    escape414 replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Thanks for all the responses and advice everyone.
     
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    cardiostarusa1 replied to escape414's response:
    You're welcome.

    Take care,

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