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venkat69 posted:
One of my friend had some mild chest pain and he was asked to take ECG tests and it came normal. Two days later he had a massive heart attack and passed away. Is ECG's reliable or are there better tests available to check the condition of heart
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

Sorry to hear about your friend.

"Is ECGs reliable or are there better tests available to check the condition of heart?"

A routine resting electrocardiogram (ECG) is an "inexact science", a relatively low-sensitivity 2D recording of a dynamic 3D process, offering limited heart-diagnostics, and sometimes yields inconclusive or erroneous results.

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


Far better non-invasive diagnostics for the heart includes an echocardiogram or stress-echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound), nuclear stress test, 64-slice Cardiac CT, which allows doctors to view/examine the heart and the coronary arteries in never-before-seen detail, and also the blazingly fast (benefit of less radiation exposure to the patient, and less contrast media) 320-slice Cardiac CT scanner, which can measure subtle changes in blood flow, or minute blockages forming in blood vessels, no bigger than the average width of a toothpick (1.5 mm) in the heart, and the brain.

As reported, the symptoms of artery-narrowing atherosclerosis are highly variable. Those with mild atherosclerosis may present with clinically important symptoms and signs of disease and heart attack, or absolute worst case scenario, sudden cardiac death (SCD) may be the first and only symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, many individuals with anatomically advanced disease may have no symptoms and experience no functional impairment.

Take care,

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