Abnormal EKG Reading

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chucky
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   Posted 2/7/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hhi my name is Criss, 29 ysr old, female and a medical assistant student.  Recently in class we were learning about EKG procedures and the test itself.  So several students have performed numerous EKG's on me and not noone noticed the "Abnormal Reading" on top of paper, til today 2/7/11.  So my teacher performed 3 on me today without saying why, just asked me to be her volunteer.  But after doing the 3rd EKG, she informed me that all my EKG's have come out "Abnormal" and recommended I go see my doctor soon.  So I called up my doctors office but nearest appointment is for March 24th.  On the top of the paper it says, "Sinus Rhythm Marked Right Axis Deviation, Abnormal EKG."
 
These r my numbers:
 
Vent rate:         74 bpm
RR Interval:      808 ms
PR Interval:      148 ms
QRS Duration:   82 ms
QT Interval:      380 ms
QTc Interval:     404 ms
QT Dispersion:  42 ms
P-R-T Axis:        66' 124' 38'
 
If anyone knows what this means, please hit me up a.s.a.p.  I'm just not sure if I should seek medical assistance in a hospital or wait til my appointment on March 24th.

stkitt
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   Posted 2/8/2011 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Chucky,
 
You are the second member this week who has asked about EKG values this week.
 
It is important to remember that there is a wide range of normal variability in the 12 lead ECG. I am very surprised to read of a teacher doing and EKG and diagnosing you.  I would suggest you see your Dr. to get a professional opinion.
 
Normals:
 
HR = 60 - 90 BPM
PR Interval: 0.12 - 0.20 sec
QRS Duration: 0.06 - 0.10 sec
QT Interval (QTc < 0.40 sec)
Frontal Plane QRS Axis: +90 o to -30 o (in the adult)



 
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 2/10/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you FAXed your EKG results, all of them, to your doctor's office w/a request to be put on their cancellation list? That might help get you in sooner AND ease your mind.
 
AND since this was your TEACHER who suggested your EKGs were abnormal and that you should see a doctor ask your TEACHER to go over the EKG results w/you and point out the "irregularities", etc. After all this is your TEACHER and you are supposed to be LEARNING about EKGs, etc. I just wouldn't let a TEACHER get off so easy regarding results of a TEST I am supposed to be LEARNING about. So far, you haven't LEARNED anything about what your TEACHER feels is "abnormal". You aren't asking for a diagnosis, you are asking to see the "abnormalities" in an EKG and what they look like, how to spot them, etc.
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Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 2/10/2011 1:44:34 PM (GMT-7)


stkitt
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   Posted 2/10/2011 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Afternoon,
 
I should have phrased my comment better for you.  Nurses can learn how to read and identify ECG rhythms and record their findings, however, EKG recordings help doctors diagnose heart attacks that are in progress or have happened in the past and other heart diseases here in the USA.
 
If your teacher saw an irregularity on you ECG, recommending that you see your Dr. is a good thing.
 
Hope that is clear as mud.  I wish you well.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
 
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chucky
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   Posted 2/14/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
 
Thanks for your messages regarding my post. My teacher was also a nurse for over 10 years before she started teaching.  The reason she couldnt go into details regarding my EKG's is because it's against school policy.  She is just suppose to teach us how to perform one and get clear results with out any "artifacts".  Therefore, she had not bothered til she performed it herself on me.  She did say just to check up with my doctor to assure everything is ok, cause sometimes in school the EKG machines do get shut off for periods of time and so it may or may not be a big deal.  I just felt that if my EKG's came back abnormal because of that excuse that the machines are off sometimes for periods of time, then other students would have had abnormal readings as well.
 
Either way, I have been feeling ok and guess I will wait for my appointment.  My doctor was out on vacation and is booked as hell, but i did call again on friday and got told that should anyone cancel their apppointment, I would b scheduled next.
 
I will keep you posted. wink
 
Chucky
 
 

stkitt
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   Posted 2/15/2011 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Chucky,
 
Check out the following sx - I have reprinted them here fyi only and I am sure you already know many of them.  I am guessing you are going to school to work in the medical field ? 
 
Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include:

Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
Pain extending beyond your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or even to your teeth and jaw
Increasing episodes of chest pain
Prolonged pain in the upper abdomen
Shortness of breath
Sweating
Impending sense of doom
Fainting
Nausea and vomiting
Signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women may be different or less noticeable than heart attack symptoms in men. In addition to the symptoms above, heart attack symptoms in women can include:

Abdominal pain or "heartburn"
Clammy skin
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Unusual or unexplained fatigue
Not all people who have heart attacks experience the same ones or experience them to the same degree. Many heart attacks aren't as dramatic as the ones you've seen on TV. Some people have no symptoms at all. Still, the more signs and symptoms you have, the greater the likelihood that you may be having a heart attack.

A heart attack can occur anytime — at work or play, while you're resting, or while you're in motion. Some heart attacks strike suddenly, but many people who experience a heart attack have warning signs and symptoms hours, days or weeks in advance. The earliest predictor of an attack may be recurrent chest pain (angina) that's triggered by exertion and relieved by rest. Angina is caused by temporary, insufficient blood flow to the heart, also known as "cardiac ischemia." Keep us posted.  reference: Mayo Staff

 




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