EKG results abnormal

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Giraffeface
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   Posted 6/4/2014 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had an EKG done today and the doctor said it was abnormal and I need an echocardiogram. I don't have the money to do it, so I am wondering how abnormal these results are:

Rate 66
PR 172
QT/QTC 422-432
QRSD 94
P axis 40
QRS axis -40
T axis -1

JungRulz
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   Posted 6/4/2014 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Giraffeface,

Welcome to HealingWell.

Direct medical advice is something I've never seen given here, rather people relate their experiences with the hope it will help others. I believe that the EKG represents more, graphically, than the technical aspects you listed. Diagnoses represent talking with the patients, listening to their symptoms (verbally) in addition to listening to their heart, lungs, etc.

Did your doctor tell you what is abnormal with the EKG and why he/she wants you to have an Echocardiagram? If you need to have one, you can contact your local hospitals to see if they have programs or reduced rates and payment plans to help you get the test. My son had an arrhythmia issue, he lives on his own, and no insurance. He spent 5 days in the hospital, twice now, and received cardioversion out of state, he doesn't have insurance. He was treated as well as any patient, and he makes small payments to the hospitals for the care and procedures he received. My wife worked for a cardiologist that would do the Echo Cardiograms for under $100 for people struggling due to lack of insurance.

Talk to your doctor, he/she may know somewhere the Echo can be done very affordably.

Giraffeface
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   Posted 6/5/2014 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
JungRutz,

Thank you for your response. No, he didn't say why the EKG was abnormal. I have looked online and the numbers don't seem to be that out of the normal. I will do what you suggested and call the hospital and see if they can help. If not, I plan to really focus on losing weight (20 lbs.) by diet and exercise. It seems all doctors want to do these days is medicate. He already talked about a heart pill!

Thanks again for answering.

JungRulz
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   Posted 6/5/2014 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an abnormal EKG, mine is a negative T-Wave. If you look at a heart rhythm on an EKG, there is a small bump, then a line that goes up, then down, then returns to the level from which it started, then another bump. These are the P-Wave, QRS Complex, and T-Wave. If the T-Wave is negative, goes below the base line, this can be a sign of problems. Some children and adolescents have negative T-Waves normally, as do some adult athletes, and a very small percentage of adults have it normally too. I've been told to carry a copy of an old EKG lest someone, like at the E.R. thinks my negative T-Wave is abnormal. I have EKGs from 20 years ago that show it. But someone that had a positive T-Wave on one EKG, and it's negative on the next (adults), this warrants additional testing.

Ask your doctor what the abnormality is in the EKG and what he/she is looking for by requesting the Echo (I trust your doctor didn't mean an Echo/Stress test). Losing weight is laudable, but be sure you find out why the doctor feels your EKG was abnormal.

Giraffeface
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   Posted 6/5/2014 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, that's really good advice. Thanks. And I also have had "abnormal" heart rhythms since I was in my teens. I really don't think this is anything to worry about.
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